Little Known Facts On Water Usage In The U.S.
Waterless Co., Inc. has just released a list of little known facts about water use in the U.S. According to Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless, even with growing concerns about water consumption, the list was created because "the more we know about water consumption, the more likely we are to use this natural resource more responsibly."
Some items are listed just for interest. For instance, water boils quicker in Denver, Colorado than in New York City, mostly because of the altitude difference between the two cities. Others are little known points that deserve greater limelight, such as the fact that Los Angeles and San Jose use about the same amount of water today as they did 30 years ago-even though their populations have increased significantly-through more efficient use of water.
Among the other water trivia items in the blog are the following:
• Approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the U.S. daily.
• In one year, the average American residence uses over 100,000 gallons (indoors and outdoors).
• American residents use between 100 and 120 gallons of water per day.
• Americans use more water each day by flushing the toilet than they do showering or any other activity.
• The average faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute.
• The New York City water supply system leaks 36 million gallons per day.
• It takes more water to manufacture a new car (39,090 gallons) than to fill an above ground swimming pool.
• A waterless urinal saves more than 35,000 gallons of water per year.
• At one drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons per year.
• A leaky toilet can waste 8,000 gallons a month.
• A person can live about a week without water.
• There are 59,000 community public water supply systems in the U.S., processing 34 billion gallons of water daily at an annual cost of $3.50 per year.
• We pay about 61 cents per day for water.
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