ProPublica has teamed up with CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism to “gather data on how Americans use and consumer water at home.” It is part of a two year research project on water usage in the U.S. When it comes to water usage in the US 41% goes toward power generation, 37% goes to agriculture, and one in 12 gallons is consumed at home. According to the USGS each person uses approximately 80-100 gallons of water a day.
So, grab your water bill, and possibly your calculator, and enter in the information on their survey. When you are done they will let you know how much water per person your household uses per day and how much your neighbors use. Keep in mind that the value given will only be for one billing cycle. There is a website that will allow for a more in depth calculation of water use per day, and greenhouse emissions per year.
To be part of the ProPublica Water Project go here: http://www.propublica.org/article/how-much-water-do-you-use
How Much Water Do You Use (http://www.propublica.org/article/how-much-water-do-you-use)
Water Usage (http://water.usgs.gov/edu/qa-home-percapita.html)