On Average, Americans use 80 to 100 gallons of water a day . That’s a heck of a lot of water! For perspective, imagine two bath tubs filled to the brim, the same amount used during a 40 minute shower. George Morlan’s plumbing manager, Chano Rocha, says eight out of 10 customers come in seeking a low flow toilet, but rarely do people ask for low flow faucets and shower heads. While each manufacturer may offer one or two low flow options, customers are looking at design not water usage. Low flow toilets, however, are becoming popular simply because they are seen in public restrooms such as at the Portland Airport. “Customer demand has increased over the last two years,” says Rocha. “All toilets were mandated at 1.6 gallons in 1992.* Today, most are transitioning to 1.28 gallons.” But new federal mandates are still on the horizon.
|Average H20||New Models||Estimated Daily Use*|
|Toilet||1.6 gallons*||1.28 gallons||3x = 3.84 gallons|
|Tub||45-55 gallons||65-85 gallons||1x per week|
|Faucet||2.2 gallons per minute||1.5 -1.6 gallons per minute||5 minutes = 11 gallons|
|Shower Head||2.5 gallons per minute||1.75 gallons per minute||15 minutes = 37.5 gallons|
Even though 310 million Americans use nearly 31 billion gallons water each day, that’s not where the majority of water goes. It’s used to irrigate 61.9 million acres of crops in the United States. Regardless if you are in Rhode Island or Rwanda, the majority of all water used in the world (69%) goes to agriculture. The seed is covered with soil and watered, and watered, and watered, until the bloom bursts into an edible fruit, vegetable, herb, or coffee bean. One study shows to produce a cup of tea that is consumed in the Netherlands takes 140 liters or 37 gallons. Now that is something to think about.
- The Low-Flow Shower Head: Get 640% ROI in One Year (wisebread.com)
- How to save water (mnn.com)
- Get your hand out of my shower (powerlineblog.com)