Water is a finite resource – even though about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, less than 1 percent is available for human use. Despite the water supply and infrastructure challenges faced by many communities across the US, each American uses an average of 88 gallons of water each day at home. Water managers in at least 40 states expect local, statewide, or regional water shortages to occur over the next several years.
Every drop counts:
- Bathrooms are the largest use of water in the home, using more than 50 percent of all indoor water.
- Approximately 5 to 10 percent of US homes have easy-to-fix leaks that drip away 90 gallons a day or more.
- Residential outdoor water use across the US accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation.
- On average, a urinal in a public place gets flushed 18 times per day.
- Heating water is typically the second largest use of energy in a home (after space heating and cooling).
Do you have a leaky faucet? Ever wonder how much water is actually being lost? You would be surprised at how much water (and money) you could be saving. Drinktap.org has a great tool for calculating water loss.