How Much Water Are You Using?

May 16, 2017

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The Department of Interior estimates that the average person uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water each day. That number may seem huge, but daily tasks and appliances use a lot more water than you may realize. The average shower uses two gallons per minute, while a bath averages 36 gallons. The flush of a toilet uses three gallons, while washing your hands uses one.

Appliances are an even bigger culprit of water use. A dishwasher uses between 6 and 16 gallons depending on its efficiency. Each load of laundry can be credited as uses 25 gallons per load for newer washers and up to 40 for less efficient models. In total,  Bergen County uses almost 117 million gallons daily. See how your county compares to others in New Jersey.

The US wastes one TRILLION (yes, trillion) gallons of water every year. With a number this big, it can be hard to think your actions could make a dent, but they can! There are many things you can do to help conserve water and positively impact your local area.

  1. Upgrade to energy efficient appliances.
  2. Buy low flow shower heads and faucets.
  3. Decrease shower time.
  4. Turn off water while brushing your teeth and washing your face and hands.
  5. Take care of leaking faucets and pipes immediately.
  6. Check and fix toilet flapper valve leaks.
  7. Adjust your sprinkler system to be more efficientand run only on non-rainy days or choose low maintenance plants.
  8. Harvest rain water to use for your watering your lawn, washing pets, and washing your car by installing rain barrels.
  9. Install a grey water system.
  10. Install an irrigation system that adjust with the weather.

Installing efficient appliances is the easiest way to reduce your water usage. Give A.J. Perri a call today to see what upgrade options are right for you!

Last Updated: June 09, 2023