Our main uses of water
Half the water we use ends up as waste water!
A typical household uses over 650 litres of water every day. This equates to around 240,000 litres (or 5 average sized swimming pools) each year! Up to half the water supplied to household ends up as waste water.
By reducing the amount of water you use, you reduce running costs and spend less on water, energy and detergent bills, and help sustain our water resources.
The main uses of water at an average home are:
- Flushing toilets (20% or 54,000 litres per year)
- Showers, bathing and the bathroom (20% or 54,000 litres per year)
- Washing clothes (15% or 40,500 litres per year)
- Dishwashing and the kitchen (10% or 27,000 litres per year)
- Watering the garden and other outside uses (35% or 94,500 litres per year)
Other water facts
Water or ice covers about 80% of the world, yet only 1% of the world's water is suitable for human needs, 97% is salt water in the ocean and 2% is ice.
An average person can survive for nearly two months without food, but less than a week without drinking water.
The human body loses 3 to 3.5 litres of water in an average day. Exercise and climatic conditions may increase this.
An average tap flows at a rate of 20 litres per minute, depending on how far it is turned on.
Average amounts of water used in household activities
Toilet flush - single cistern 10 litres; dual single flush 5 litres & full flush 10 litres
Bath 100 litres & shower (10 minutes) 200 litres
Dishwasher load 50 litres & Washing machine load 150 litres
Brushing teeth with tap running 5 litres; Hand basin per use 5 litres
Drinking, cooking, cleaning per person per day 10 litres
Garden sprinkler per hour 1000 litres; Garden dripper per hour 4 litres
Car washing with hose 200 litres
Hosing driveway 100 litres
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