We have all been told that water conservation is important, especially during this time of drought in various areas. However, do we really understand the importance of saving water?

These numbers don’t lie – water conservation is crucial, it is important, and now is the time to start thinking about the impact our water usage makes on the environment. Take a look at these water usage statistics and keep them in mind the next time you turn on the tap:

  • An average of 10 gallons per day of your water footprint (about 14 percent of your indoor use) is lost to leaks.
  • Water-efficient fixtures (toilet lid sinks, low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets) are worth switching to. During a 10 minute shower, you can save 15 gallons of water with a low-flow showerhead.
  • It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill an average-sized bathtub, making showers the more efficient way to get clean.
  • Switch your toilet lid out for a toilet lid sink to save water not only when you flush, but when you wash your hands after. You can save up to 2 gallons per person, per day.
  • Almost 22 percent of home water use comes from doing laundry. Make sure you are setting your cycle to the correct load size to save water.
  • Dishwashers actually use less water than hand-washing dishes. It takes roughly 4-6 gallons of water per dishwasher load compared to about 20 gallons of water for each hand-washing session!
  • Almost 60 percent of a person’s household water use can go to lawn and garden.
  • If you have a pool, use it wisely. The average pool takes 22,000 gallons of water to fill, and if it isn’t covered you can lose hundreds of gallons per month due to evaporation.
  • It takes about 6 gallons of water to produce a dollar worth of paper; by recycling just one pound of paper, you are saving about 3.5 gallons of water.
  • One gallon of gasoline takes almost 13 gallons of water to produce. To conserve, combine your errands, carpool when you can, take public transportation, or ride your bike.