Water Conservation Facts

  • Less than 2% of the earths water supply is fresh water.
  • Of all the earth’s water 97% is salt water found in oceans and seas.
  • Only 1% of the earths water is available for drinking, 2% is frozen.
  • Human body is about 75% water.
  • A person can survive about a month without food, but only 5 to 7 days without water.
  • Every day in the U.S., we drink about 110 million gallons of water.
  • Showering and bathing are the largest indoor uses of water, about 30%.
  • The average American uses 150-200 gallons a day.
  • If every household in America had a faucet that dripped once each second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away.
  • One flush of a toilet can use 8-10 gallons of water.  An average family of four uses 885 gallons of water per week just flushing the toilet.
  • On average, a bath requires 38 gallons of water.
  • An average shower uses approximately 40 gallons in just 10 minutes.
  • You use 5 gallons of water while brushing your teeth with water running.
  • A dairy cow must drink 4 gallon of water to produce one gallon of milk.
  • 300 million gallons of water are needed to produce a single day’s supply of  U.S. news print.
  • It takes between 3,000 to 6,000 gallons of water to power a 60-watt light but for 12 hours a day, for one year.
  • If all of the world’s water were to fit inside of 100 glasses, the supply available for human consumption would be less than ¾ of one glass.
  • A garden house uses more than 10 gallons of water per minute.
  • It takes 50 gallons of water to wash a car.
  • It takes about 20 gallons of water to wash dishes by hand.