Conservation

How Much Can You Save?

Increasing the amount of water you save isn’t hard if you take stock of what you’re already doing and then look for the biggest remaining ways to be “water-wise.” This chart will help you find ways to reduce your indoor usage.

 

 

 

 

 

Rooms

Water Uses

Wasteful (Gallons per use)

"Water-Wise" (Gallons per use)   

Potential Savings Per Use

Gallons Saved

Percent Improved

Baths

Flushing toilets

6 (older models)

1.5-3 (low-flow models)

3-4.5

50-75

Showering

5 gal./min.

2.5 gal./min.

2.5 gal./min

50*

Bathing in tub

30 (1/2 full)

15 (1/4 full)

15

15*

Brushing teeth

2 (faucet on)

1/8 (quick rinse)

1(7/8)

94

Shaving

2-5 (faucet on)

1 (using basin)

2-4

33-60*

Laundry

Top-loading washing machine

<50-60 (older models)

40 (newer models)

10-20

10-33*

Front-loading washing machine

33 (older models)

17-28 (newer models)

5-16

15-48*

Kitchen

Hand-washing dishes

16 (faucet rinse)

6 (basin rinse)

10

63*

Machine-washing dishes

12-15 (older models)(plus 3-5 gal. if pre-rinsing)

6-9 (newer models)

3-14

33-70

 

 

*Saves energy, too!