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Water Use Statistics

Make a few small changes in your home water use and reap big rewards! Water is a precious resource, and many people don't realize how much of it is wasted. By installing water-saving fixtures in your home, you will help reduce the amount of water that is lost, and you'll save money on the cost of water used by your family. This helpful chart shows how much water is used on average, and how making a few changes will really help save our water. Click here for many water saving products.

Statistics For Water Use In U.S. Households

From the Handbook of Water Use and Conservation by Amy Vickers

Daily indoor per capita water use in the typical single family home is just under 70 gallons of water.
Please see the chart below for a usage breakdown of a typical home:

Typical Daily Household Water Usage
Use Gallons per Capita Percentage of Total Daily Use
Showers 11.6 16.8
Clothes Washers 15.0 21.7
Dishwashers 1.0 1.4
Toilets 18.5 26.7
Baths 1.2 1.7
Leaks 9.5 13.7
Faucets 10.9 15.7
Other Domestic Uses 1.6 2.2
Total: 69.3 99.9

By installing more efficient water fixtures and regularly checking for leaks, households can reduce daily per capita water use by about 35%.
Please see the chart below for a usage breakdown with conservation measures:

Typical Daily Household Water Usage with Conservation Measures
Use Gallons per Capita Percentage of Total Daily Use
Showers 8.8 19.5
Clothes Washers 10.0 22.1
Dishwashers 0.7 1.5
Toilets 8.2 18.0
Baths 1.2 2.7
Leaks 4.0 8.8
Faucets 10.8 23.9
Other Domestic Uses 1.6 3.4
Total: 45.3 99.9

If all U.S. households installed water-saving features, water use would decrease by 30 percent, saving an estimated 5.4 billion gallons per day. This would result in dollar-volume savings of $11.3 million per day or more than $4 billion per year.

  • Water-conserving fixtures installed in U.S. households in 1998 alone save 44 million gallons of water every day, resulting in total dollar-value savings of more than $33.6 million per year.
  • Average household water use annually: 127,400 gallons
  • Average daily household water use : 350 gallons

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