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Water Use Statistics
Using No Conservation Methods
Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water per day. On average, 50-70% of home water is used outdoors for watering lawns and gardens. Daily indoor per capita water use in a typical single-family home with no water-conserving fixtures is 74 gallons. Here is how it breaks down:

Use

Gallons Per Capita

Percentage of Total Daily Use

Baths

1.2

2.1%

Clothes washers

15.1

20.9%

Dishwashers

1.0

1.3%

Faucets

11.1

15.3%

Leaks

10.0

13.8%

Showers

12.6 

17.3%

Toilets

20.1

27.7%

Other domestic uses

1.5

2.1%


Using Conservation Methods
By installing more efficient water fixtures and regularly checking for leaks, households can reduce daily per capita water use by about 30% to about 51.9 gallons per day. Here's the breakdown for homes using conservation methods:

Use

Gallons Per Capita

Percentage of Total Daily Use

Baths

1.2

2.4%

Clothes washers

10.6

21.4%

Dishwashers

1.0

2.0%

Faucets

10.8

21.9%

Leaks

5.0

10.1%

Showers

10.0

20.1%

Toilets

9.6

19.3%

Other domestic uses

1.5

3.1%


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