Where Your Water Goes

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Do you know how much water you're using? The following chart shows how much water the average Grand Forks Water household uses for each activity. And don't forget, leaks and leaky fixtures, such as toilets and faucets, will consume even more water.

Bathroom 

Kitchen
Miscellaneous

Water Waste Adds Up

Most of us don't think much about the dripping faucet, leaky hose, running toilet or swampy sprinkler head we may live with for months. But those continuous forms of water waste add up faster than you might think. The tables below illustrate how a tiny leak can turn into a big water bill.
 
The following table uses the same calculations to estimate the consumption with common household measurements.

Water Waste Adds Up: Common Measures

If a leak has a continuous flow of:

It wastes the following number of gallons in:

 

1 Hour

1 Day

1 Year

1 cup (1/16 gal) per minute

4

90

32,850

1 pint (1/8 gal) per minute

8

180

65,700

1 quart (1/4 gal) per minute

15

360

131,400

2 liters (about 1/2 gal) per minute

32

761

277,698

1 gallon per minute

60

1,440

525,600

A leak measured in cups is an obvious problem that few of us would ignore. A dripping faucet is harder to measure and easier to let go “for now.” As “for now” stretches to weeks, the water waste adds up, often much faster than we imagine.

The amount of water dripping slowly from a faucet is difficult to measure. Not only do drop sizes vary, but terms like “slow drip”vary from person to person. Still, as long as a faucet is leaking, it’s wasting water. And that waste will add up. If all of Grand Forks Water Department’s single-family residential households found and fixed a one-drip-per-second leak, they would save about 82 million gallons a year.

Water Waste Adds Up: Drips Turn Into Gallons

If a leak has a continuous flow of:

It wastes the following number of gallons in:

 

1 Day

1 Year

5 drips in 30 seconds

1

347

10 drips in 30 seconds

1.9

694

15 drips in 30 seconds

2.9

1,041

20 drips in 30 seconds

3.8

1,389

25 drips in 30 seconds

4.8

1,736

30 drips in 30 seconds

5.7

2,083

35 drips in 30 seconds

6.7

2,430

40 drips in 30 seconds

7.6

2,777

45 drips in 30 seconds

8.6

3,124

50 drips in 30 seconds

9.5

3,472

55 drips in 30 seconds

10.5

3,819

60 drips in 30 seconds

11.4

4,166