Statistics

  • Approximately 346,800 million gallons per day (mgd) of freshwater and 61,200 (mgd) of saltwater were withdrawn during 2000 for use by the nation’s homes, farms, and industries.
  • In 2000, the highest consuming states withdrew: California 51,200 (mgd); Texas 29,600; and Florida 20,100.
  • In comparison, the lowest consuming states withdrew Alaska 305 (mgd); Rhode Island 429; and Vermont 447. (USGS)
  • Americans drink more than 1 billion glasses of tap water per day.
  • On average, 50 to 70 percent of home water is used outdoors for watering lawns and gardens.
  • Daily indoor per capita water use in the typical single family home is 69.3 gallons. Here is how it breaks down:

 

USE Gallons per Capita Percentage of
Total Daily Use
Showers 11.6 16.8%
Clothes Washers 15.0 21.7%
Dishwashers 1.0 1.4%
Toilets 18.5 26.7%
Baths 1.2 1.7%
Leaks 9.5 13.7%
Faucets 10.9 15.7%
Other Domestic Uses 1.6 2.2%