How much water do you use every day? The answer might surprise you.
A paper released online last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that Americans significantly underestimate their water use.
Curious how my friends and family would fare, I reached out via social media and posed the simple question, “how much water do you use each day?” The results in my quick survey ranged to from 2 gallons to 300 gallons, but the most common estimate was 10 to 15 gallons per day. In reality, Americans use closer to 90 gallons of water a day. To put things in perspective, a 10-minute shower with an EPA WaterSense labeled high efficiency showerhead consumes 22 gallons, while a 20 minute shower with an older, high flow showerhead could be as much as 100 gallons. Last month, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency and called on all Californians to conserve water in every way possible.
Knowing how much water you use, and how and where you use it, are important first steps in determining the most effective ways you can save water in your home and business.