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Conserving Water. Home Water Use Audit. Household Use. More than 70% of indoor use occurs in the bathroom, and more than 20% occurs in the kitchen and laundry room. Average Use. Shower 25-50 gallons (5-10 gal/min.) Tub/Bath 36 gallons full Toilet Flush 5-7 gallons (regular)

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Conserving water

Conserving Water

Home Water Use Audit


Household use
Household Use

  • More than 70% of indoor use occurs in the bathroom, and more than 20% occurs in the kitchen and laundry room


Average use
Average Use

  • Shower 25-50 gallons (5-10 gal/min.)

  • Tub/Bath 36 gallons full

  • Toilet Flush 5-7 gallons (regular)

  • Brushing Teeth 5 gallons (running water)

  • Hand Washing 3 gallons (running water)

  • Shaving 3-5 gallons (running water)

  • Washing Machine 55 gallons/use

  • Dishwashing 20 gallons (by hand) and

    15 gallons- dishwasher


Conservation ideas
Conservation Ideas

  • Shower- (turn off water when soaping up)

  • Tub/Bath- don’t fill up

  • Toilet Flush- buy a low-flow toilet

  • Brushing teeth- don’t let water run!

  • Hand washing- in a bowl or basin

  • Dishwasher/Laundry- only use when full



Low flow faucet saves 86 gallons per day
Low-Flow Faucet-Saves 86 gallons per day


Turn off your faucet
Turn off your faucet

  • When brushing your teeth or shaving- turning off the faucet can save 4-10 gallons per day!

  • Fix a leaky faucet (small drips can waste as much as 7 gallons of water per day!)

  • Turn off shower when soaping up- can save up to 10-15 gallons of water


Outdoor water use
Outdoor Water Use

  • Don’t water lawn for more than 30 minutes

  • Water in cooler hours- before 9am or 6pm

  • Rake or sweep hardscapes- don’t hose them off

  • Landscape your yard using drought/salt tolerant plants- native to San Diego




Average use1
Average Use

  • The average Californian uses 150-175 gallons of water per day!

  • The average adult needs only 2.5 quarts of water a day to maintain health

  • With a few simple steps, a typical family can save 50,000 to 100,000 gallons of water each year!


Home water audit
Home Water Audit

  • Purpose: Conduct a home water audit- how much water do you and your family/homemates use?

  • Do you have any simple ways to conserve water?

  • How can this information be used to help with water issues in the West?


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