you know how much water you use? If you don't, then consult this Web
Page and you'll surely be surprised.
The Earth's surface is about 80 percent water, which equates to
approximately 362,000,000,000,000 (362 trillion gallons). Of these 362
trillion gallons, only 3 percent or 10 trillion gallons are fresh water.
Most of this fresh water is stored in glaciers and it leaves us with
about two trillion gallons of fresh water for six billion people.
The USA processes and uses 367 billion gallons of water per day. An
average person uses 123 gallons of water a day, paying 25 cents for it,
a total of 225 billion dollars a month.
Another surprising fact is the amount of water needed to produce
household products. If you just bought a new car, that car you bought
needed approximately 40 thousand gallons of water. For every new tire
you put on your car, it takes 500 gallons of water to produce that tire.
For your Thanksgiving dinner, it may take as much as 42 thousand gallons
of water to grow and prepare the food for that typical eight person
dinner. It takes around 110 gallons to produce one egg. To process one
chicken it takes 12 gallons of water. To process a can of vegetables: 10
gallons; one barrel of beer: 1500 gallons. To make one ton of granulated
sugar from beet sugar it takes 33,000 gallons of water. To make one
board foot of lumber it takes six gallons of water. A pound of plastic:
24 gallons; a pound of wool or a pound of cotton takes 100 gallons of
water. To refine one barrel of crude oil: 2000 gallons; to produce one
ton of steel: 63 thousand gallons.
Are there any ways to save water besides not buying cars, clothes and
food? YES! There are ways, certain methods that you can take to conserve
water in and out of your home. Most of these are helped by devices that
use less water than ones made when there were not water conservation
Ineffective conservation utilities:
Toilet 7 gallons
Shower 9 gal/min
Dishwasher 12 gallons
Top Loading washer 25 gallons
Hand washed dishes 20 gallons
Running Tap 5 gal/min
Running hose 25 gal/min
Watering sprinkler 15 gal/min
Your toilet is the utility in your home that takes as much as 40 to 50
percent of your daily water usage.
If you purchase a water saving toilet that flushes only 1.5 or 2 gallons
per flush then you can save 100 – 200 gallons of water per day. It is
possible to use only half of the water you already do, by purchasing and
using low-flow devices.
Toilet 1.5 gallons
Shower 3 gal/min
Dishwasher 6 gal/min
H-series washer 15 gallons
Sink faucets 2 gal/min
Hose faucets 10 gal/min
Sprinkler 9 gal/min.
If you have a leaking faucet that drip once every other second, then
it is possible that you are wasting 84 gallons per month and around 1000
gallons per year.