Understanding Water Usage

Our customers have access to an abundance of water much of the time, so the importance of clean water is often overlooked. For most of us, water use is a habit. We are accustomed to having water available at the twist of a faucet. We usually do not think about how much water we use.

Average Daily Water Use

Be aware of how much water you use! Awareness is the first step in conservation. The average person uses 50 gallons of water per day on the following activities:

  • Bathing and hygiene - 15 gallons per day
  • Housekeeping - 1 gallon per day
  • Kitchen - 7 gallons per day
  • Laundry - 8 gallons per day
  • Toilet - 19 gallons per day
Daily water use graph showing type of water use and amount used
A pie chart showing water use by indoor fixtures with text infographic

Outdoor Water Usage

An additional 40 gallons of water per day is used for outdoor water usage.  Our current town-wide average is 57 gallons per day per person. To bring in new sources of water supply to the Town, we must reduce water usage to a goal of 65 gallons per day per person. Please do your part to conserve.

Determining Your Average Daily Water Use

Metered Water

If your water use is metered, review your water bill. Divide your water usage by the number of days in the billing period and also by the number of residents of your household. 

Water Savings

The amount of savings depends on:

  • Amount of water leakage through fittings and toilets
  • Current flow rates of fixtures
  • Current water consumption habits
  • Energy costs
  • Flush volumes of toilets
  • Sewer
  • System pressure
  • Water