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Indoor Conservation
Indoor Conservation
The average household uses 110,000 gallons of water per year , which is approximately 9,000 gallons per month.

Typical water use for a family of four:
  • Toilet flushing – 40%
  • Bath and shower – 32%
  • Laundry – 14%
  • Dishwashing – 6%
  • Cooking and drinking – 5%
  • Bathroom sink – 3%

Have you seen this tower? You might see this impressive water display a 16-foot pyramid constructed of 136 one-gallon water jugs. What does this monument represent? After a little head scratching visitors may come up with the following ideas or random observations:
  • With the right-sized beanbag, I’m sure I could knock down all those jugs with one good throw.”
  • “A 16-foot tower of plastic water jugs can bear a striking resemblance to the downtown Chandler tumbleweed Christmas tree.”
  • If I hadn’t had to buy that much gasoline for my car this summer, I could have spent an extra week in Cancun.”

And, unless they are particularly water savvy, we doubt that the first thought that will cross their mind is:
  • Hey! That’s how much water I consumed yesterday at home!”

But it well may be. Typical residential water usage ranges from 80 to 160 gallons of water per person per day!

Don’t believe it? Check for yourself. Pull out a recent utility bill. We dare you! Fill in the numbers in the following chart to see how much water is used in your household. [Hint: Your water bill indicates your consumption in thousands of gallons.] If your daily per-person usage is below 80, your household is doing a great job!

__________ ÷ ____________ ÷ ______ = ____________
(Gallons         (Number of         (Days      (Gallons
used this         people in           in the       per person
month)           household)         month)      per day)

There are a number of ways to save water and they all start with you. Conserving water doesn’t mean you have to drastically change your lifestyle. To reduce the amount of water we use, we simply have to eliminate the ways we waste water.

Having low water use fixtures is an easy way to save water inside the home. Fortunately, by the 1990s, the most efficient fixtures became standard plumbing code for newly constructed homes. If your home was built before 1990, and you have not replaced your water fixtures since that time, it would be worthwhile to consider installing aerators on your sinks, low-flow showerheads and 1.6-gallon flush toilets. Other tips for saving water inside the home include:
Be cautious when choosing a water treatment system, as some reverse osmosis systems use up to four gallons of water to create each gallon of treated water.
  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when you have a full load.
  • Check your toilets for leaks by putting food coloring in the tanks. If color seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a leak. Replace the flapper to stop the leak.
  • Replace older washing machines and dishwashers with newer, water-efficient appliances.

Look for the WaterSense label

Toilet Leaks
If your toilet is running constantly, you could be wasting 200 gallons of water or more every day. But be aware of the “silent leak”. To test for this leak remove the tank lid and place a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Do not flush the toilet. Wait about 15 minutes. If you see colored water in your toilet bowl, your tank is leaking.

Solution: This problem can usually be solved by adjusting the float arm or replacing the flapper device. If you have to replace the flapper make sure it’s the right one for your toilet. Installing an incorrect flapper can create a bigger leak.

Thinking of replacing your old toilet with a low flow toilet? Avondale offers up to $150 rebate, maximum two toilets per service address. Look for a WaterSense labeled one.
  • A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That’s enough water to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher. Most leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench.
  • A good method to check for leaks is to examine your winter water usage. It’s likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month. Also check landscape watering times.