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Responsible Water Use

On average, a human uses up to 70 gallons of water a day. Wouldn't it be great if we could use less? You can make small changes in your daily life that can save a lot of water.

Keeping swimming pools covered when not in use can save 5,000 gallons or more a year.
Shutting off the sprinklers on rainy days can save 500 gallons of water in one day.
Converting a 20 by 20 foot patch of grass to water-efficient landscaping can save about 22,000 gallons of water a year.
Switching from a high-flow showerhead to a high-efficiency showerhead can save 8,000 gallons of water a year.
Leaving the water on while you brush your teeth uses 5 gallons of water.
It takes 4 to 7 gallons to flush a toilet. Switching to a high-efficiency toilet that uses 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) can save 10,000 gallons a year.
It takes 20 gallons of water to handwash the dishes. A dishwasher uses between 12 and 20 gallons. Use the dishwasher to save water.
It takes 50 gallons of water to wash a car. Use commercial car washes because they capture the used water and recycle it or send it to the water treatment facility.
Water can flow from a hose at a rate of more than 10 gallons per minute (gpm). If you are careless for just a few minutes, the water waste can really add up.



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