What Does Water Conservation Have to do With Me?

If water conservation is a global crisis, how can we make a difference? The answer begins by educating yourself on water conservation issues so that you have the know-how to begin to make a difference, and the chops to get other people on board. Did you know . . . ?


  • The average American uses between 100 and 150 gallons of water per day. The average person across the world uses about 12 gallons of water per day, with one gallon of that being drinking water needed for basic survival.
  • Of that 100 to 150 gallons of water used per day by each American, as much as 95% of it goes to waste.
  • As much as 50% is wasted by inefficient outdoor irrigation or overwatering.
  • 27% of indoor water use goes right down the toilet (even more in older bathrooms with less efficient toilets)
  • A single leaky faucet can waste up to 300 gallons of water per month. That’s more than 30,000 gallons of water per year.
  • A single leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water in a single day
  • Household leaks account for 900 billion gallons of wasted water each year in the U.S.
  • The average American family spends $1,000 per year on water use, and could easily save $300 or more per year by adopting simple water conservation strategies like fixing leaks, optimizing irrigation systems, and installing more efficient fixtures.
  • The average American family could save an immediate 20% on their annual water and energy bills by installing EnergyStar appliances and WaterSense labeled fixtures


So now you know the scope of the problem. The next step is taking action. Read on to learn about simple water conservation strategies that you can employ at home to drastically reduce your home water usage, and that will save you big $ when it comes time to pay the bills.