Showering represents roughly 17 percent of residential water use in the United States which equates to more than 1.2 trillion gallons of water consumed annually. From 1950 to 2000, the U.S. population doubled; however in that same time period the demand for fresh water more than tripled. Americans now use on average 100 gallons per day, a statistic that puts enormous stress on existing water supplies and distribution systems. This high usage threatens both human health and the environment. A recent government survey has revealed that 36 states are anticipating severe local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013.
The good news is that you can help. By shortening your shower time you can severely cut back on your personal water use. The average showerhead dispenses about 5 gallons per minute, meaning for example a 15 minute shower uses 75 gallons of water. Taking a shorter shower doesn't require any new products or installations; it's a simple a step with a significant impact.
Just by cutting a 15 minute shower to 12 minutes can save 105 gallons of water per week, and 5,460 gallons per year. With rising water costs, you'll start noticing the difference in your monthly bills as well.
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Read more about the world's water use and the dangers of ignoring the potential problems of over consumption.
Did you know that by reducing household water supply you can not only help reduce the energy required to supply and
treat public water supplies but also help tackle climate change?
Energy used to heat, supply, and treat public water supplies is the same energy that creates greenhouse gasses. Burning
fossil-fuels is the most commonly used form of energy to supply households with the needed electricity to heat and pump
water. Lowering water use effectively lowers energy use, which will lessen your carbon footprint.