Every Drop Counts: 10 Ways To Stop Wasting Water
A family of 4 needs only about 3 gallons of water a day to survive. In America, a household of four uses up to 400 gallons a day. We can do better. Here's how you can start shrinking your water footprint today.
Keys: 1 drop of water = 1 gallon. All gallons are shown proportionally to scale.
- Toilet: 1) 3.5 gallon per flush. Install a newer model and use less than 2 gallons per flush; 2) 200 gallons leaked per day. Take a few minutes to clean calcium deposits and replace worn valves.
- Dishwasher: 1) 10 gallons per full load. Switch to an energy efficient dishwasher to save 5 gallons per load.
- Washing machine: 1) 41 gallons per full load. Install a high efficiency machine and use 50% less water; 2) 20 gallons for a half load. Wait until you have a full load to make the most of the washing cycle.
- Faucet: 1) 70 gallons for a bathtub. use only 15 to 25 gallons by taking a 10 minute shower with a low-flow showerhead; 2) 16 gallons when washing dishes. Don't run the tap, fill the sink, then rinse at a low setting;
3) 240 per month while brushing your teeth. Don't let the tap run when brushing; 4) 2700 leaked per year. Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers on the faucet; 5) 600 gallons from running a hose for a few hours. Don't
leave hoses unattended. Use a timer as a reminder to turn them off.
A collaboration between Good & Greg ruben. In partnership with Levis | Sources: EPA.