Water Usage Study

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)

WeCalc (http://wecalc.org/calc/#)


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  1. Good post. And, we need to stop buying bottled water. Too much energy to produce, truck and recycle the bottles, when done. When not done it floats in the ocean. I recognize this will increase the water bill at home, but it is far better tradeoff. Now, if I can get my daughter to take shorter showers.


    1. They have much better bottles that can be used and reused for people who take water with them everywhere. I do that with filtered water, and my water usage according to the comparison is still lower than my neighbors. Shorter showers? Good luck. One method for saving a lot of water in the shower is to use those low water usage shower heads. Also to employ a method of getting wet, turning the water off, shampooing and washing, and then rinsing off. The water shouldn’t flow the entire time a person is in the shower. One way to prove the savings is if the shower is in a tub. Pull the stop so it doesn’t run down the drain. Shower normally. Make a note of where the water level ends up. Next day do it the get wet, turn off, wash and rinse off method and note how much lower the water level is.


      1. Thanks. Per my Dad who served in the Korean War, you just described a Navy shower on ship. You got 30 seconds of water. Rinse for five, turn off, soap, turn back on and rinse soap for 25 seconds. Next. All good ideas.


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