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Tips for the Bathroom

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Bathroom 

 shaving  faucet  hand washing  drip
 

 

Activity

Number of Times*

Circumstances

Water Used*

Total Use (gallons)*

Toilet

Five

Conventional toilet

3.5 – 5 gallons per flush

17.5 – 25

Low-flow toilet

1.6 gallons per flush

8

High-efficiency toilet

1.28 gallons per flush

6.4

Ultra-high-efficiency toilet

.8 gallons per flush

4

Shower

One (8 minutes long)

Pre-1993 showerhead

3 – 8 gallons per minute

24 – 64

Standard showerhead

2.5 gallons per minute

20

Low-flow showerhead

1.5 gallons per minute

12

Bath

Once

Tub 1/4 to 1/3 full

7.5 – 15 gallons

7.5 – 15

Full tub

30 – 45 gallons

30 – 45

Shaving

Once

1 full basin

1 gallon

1

Running water, five minutes

2.2 gallons per minute

11

Brushing teeth

Twice

Brush and rinse

0.25 – 0.5 gallon

0.5 – 1

Running water, two minutes

2.2 gallons per minute

4.4

Hand washing

Seven (15 seconds)

Standard aerator

2.2 gallons per minute

7.7

Low-flow aerator

0.5 gallon per minute

0.875

* Per person per day

 

Tips for In the Bathroom

  • Watch out for leaky toilets and faucets, and repair leaks immediately.
    A slow drip wastes 15 to 20 gallons of water, and a leaky toilet can
    waste hundreds of gallons each day if neglected.
  • HOW TO CHECK- check toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of
    food coloring in the tank. If the color appears in the bowl without
    flushing, there is a leak and repairs are necessary!
  • By not fixing your leaky faucet, you are wasting between $32 to $43 dollars annually for each faucet
  • By not fixing your leaky toilet, you are wasting around $20 dollars a week, totaling $1,000 annually for each toilet in the household
  • Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth, wash your face and hands, or shave. As much as 7 gallons of water goes straight down the drain when the faucet is left running.
  • By not turning off the faucet during these daily tasks, you waste 2,555 gallons of water, as well as $15, per person annually