Water Use in the Home

Water Usage in the Home

Much of the water "consumed" in our daily activities is wasted. Taps are left running while we brush our teeth.

Dishwashers and laundry machines are operated without full loads. Everywhere we use water there can be room for improvement.

  • A leaky faucet (slow drip) uses approximately 15.4 gallons/day, which will increase your 90 day water bill by approximately $10.00.
  • A leaky faucet (steady drip) uses approximately 25 gallons/day, which will increase your 90 day water bill by approximately $17.00.
  • A leaky faucet (stream) uses 25 gallons/day, which will increase your 90 day water bill by approximately $60.00.
  • A running toilet (steady) uses approximately 550 gallons/day, which will increase your 90 day water bill by approximately $350.00.

Water Consumption Daily Comparison

Based on our meter readings, the daily average household water usage in the Town of Erin is 165.10 gallons/day. The table below gives the approximate usage for common daily activities. Leaking faucets, toilets and other fixtures can increase your consumption amounts dramatically. Check for leaks and fix them as soon as possible.

****Check for leaky toilet by putting a few drops of food colouring in the tank, in a few minutes check to see if the water in the bowl changes colour, this will indicate a leak.****

Activity Typical Usage Water Saving Tips
Showering 25-50 Gallons (5 gal/min) install low-flow showerhead
Tub Bathing 35 gallons full low level (10 - 12 gallons)
Toilet Flushing 6-7 gallons toilet dam
Teeth Brushing 2 gallons (tap running) wet brush rinse briefly
Handwashing 2 gallons (tap running) fill basin rinse briefly
Shaving 3-5 gallons tap running fill basin rinse (1 gallon)
Dishwashing 10-15 gallons wash, rinse in sink
Dishwasher 25 gallons do only full loads
Clothes Washer 36-60 gallons full cycle do only full loads
Outdoor watering 5-10 gallons per minute use discretion
Washing car 20-30 gallons use discretion

Water Saving Tips for Indoors
Lawn Watering Tips

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