WATER CONSERVATION FACTS AND TIPS
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- Less than 2% of the Earths water supply is fresh water.
- Of all the earth's water, 97% is salt water found in oceans and seas.
- Only 1% of the earth's water is available for drinking water. Two
percent is frozen.
- The human body is about 75% water.
- A person can survive about a month without food, but only 5 to 7
days without water.
- Every day in the United States, we drink about 110 million
gallons of water.
- Landscaping accounts for about half the water Californians
use at home. Showers account for another 18 percent, while
toilets use about 20 percent.
- Showering and bathing are the largest indoor uses (27%) of
- The average American uses 140-170 gallons of water per day.
- If every household in America had a faucet that dripped once each
second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away.
- There are 7.48 gallons in a cubic foot of water. Therefore,
2000 cubic feet of water is 14,960 gallons.
- An acre foot of water is about 326,000 gallons. One-half
acre foot is enough to meet the needs of a typical family
for a year. There are 7.48 gallons in a cubic foot of water.
- It takes 3.3 acre feet of water to grow enough food for an
average family for a year.
- A leaky faucet can waste 100 gallons a day.
- One flush of the toilet uses 6 ½ gallons of water.
- An average bath requires 37 gallons of water.
- An average family of four uses 881 gallons of water per week
just by flushing the toilet.
- The average 5-minute shower takes 15-25 gallons of water--around
40 gallons are used in 10 minutes.
- Take short showers instead of baths.
A full bathtub requires about 36 gallons of water.
- You use about 5 gallons of water if you leave the water running
while brushing your teeth.
- If you water your grass and trees more heavily, but less
often, this saves water and builds stronger roots.
- Each person needs to drink about 2 ½quarts (80 ounces)
of water every day.
- Water your lawn only when it needs it. If you step on
the grass and it springs back up when you move, it doesnt
need water. If it stays flat, it does need water.
- Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when they
- When washing a car, use soap and water from a
bucket. Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle for rinsing.
- Never put water down the drain when there may be
another use for it such as watering a plant or garden,
- Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues,
insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
- When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin
with soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream
from the faucet.
- An automatic dishwasher uses 9 to 12 gallons of water
while hand washing dishes can use up to 20 gallons.
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting
the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.
- Water lawns during the early morning hours,
or evening when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest.
This reduces losses from evaporation.
- Do not hose down your driveway or sidewalk.
Use a broom to clean leaves and other debris from these areas.
Using a hose to clean a driveway wastes hundreds of gallons
- Dont leave the water running when brushing your teeth
or shaving. Get in the habit of turning off the water when
its not being used.
- Use of bowl of water to clean fruits & vegetables rather
than running water over them. You can reuse this for your
- Public water suppliers process 38 billion gallons of water per day
for domestic and public use.
- Approximately 1 million miles of pipelines and aqueducts carry water
in the U.S. & Canada. That's enough pipe to circle the earth 40 times.
- About 800,000 water wells are drilled each year
in the United States for domestic, farming, commercial, and water
- More than 13 million households get their water
from their own private wells and are responsible for treating and
pumping the water themselves.
- Industries released 197 million pounds of toxic chemicals
into waterways in 1990.
- You can refill an 8-oz glass of water approximately
15,000 times for the same cost as a six-pack of soda pop.
- A dairy cow must drink four gallons of water to produce
one gallon of milk.
- 300 million gallons of water are needed to produce a single day's
supply of U.S. newsprint.
- One inch of rainfall drops 7,000 gallons or nearly 30 tons
of water on a 60' by 180' piece of land.
Some of these facts and tips are courtesy of the Mojave Water Agency at
www.mojavewater.org and the American Water Works Association.