Water Conservation Matters

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There is something every person can do to conserve water.


Americans are some of the largest users of water, per capita, in the world. In the United States, Americans use 79.6 billion gallons of ground water every day, the equivalent of 2,923 12-oz. cans for every man, woman, and child in the nation.

Most surface water bodies such as lakes, rivers, and streams are connected to ground water. So, whether your water supply comes from ground water or surface water, conservation matters.


Water Conservation Basics

Almost three-quarters of water used inside the home occurs in the bathroom, with 41 percent used for toilet flushing and 33 percent for bathing. The remainder of indoor water use is divided between clothes washing and kitchen use, including dish washing, according to the U.S. EPA.


Outdoor water use varies greatly across the country. For instance, in California, 44 percent of all household water use is outdoors, while in Pennsylvania only 7 percent is used outdoors. Understanding where you use water most can provide hints on where the most water can be conserved.