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How much water do I use?

This page shows the average daily water use in a home. One bucket holds an average of 10 litres. Use this information to answer the following questions...

  • How much water would you use if you left the garden sprinklers on for two hours?
  • If you had a leaking pipe (1.5mm hole), how many litres of water would you use every day?
  • How much water would you waste if you had a leaky tap and didn't fix it for a week?
  • How much water do you use in a day? What about your whole family?


Function Water Used Buckets
 Dishwashing by hand  12 to 15 litres per wash  1 - 1½
 Dishwasher  20 to 60 litres per wash  2 - 6
 Drinking, Cooking, Cleaning  8 litres per person  ¾ - 1


Function Water Used Buckets
 Toilet  4.5 to 11 litres per flush  7 - 8
 Bath  50 to 120 litres (half full)  5 - 12
 Shower (8 minutes)  70 to 160 litres per 8 minutes  4 - 5
 Handbasin  5 litres  4 - 5
Tap Running (Cleaning Teeth, Washing hands)  5 litres  ½
 Leaking Tap  200 litres  20


Function Water Used Buckets
 Washing Machine (Front Loading)  23 litres per kg of dry clothing  4 - 5
 Washing Machine (Top Loading)  31 litres per kg of dry clothing  5 - 6
 Dripping Tap  200 litres  20


 Function  Water Used  Buckets
 Hand Watering by Hose  600 to 900 litres per hour  60 - 90
 Garden Sprinkler  Up to 1500 litres per hour  150
 Car Wash with Hose  100 to 300 litres  10 - 30
 Filling Swimming Pool  20,000 to 50,000 litres  2,000 - 5,000
 Leaking Pipe (1.5mm hole)  300 litres per day  30

How much water does your household use in one day!! That's a lot of water in just one day!


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