The Water Crisis

Water-Crisis

Where Are We Wasting?

A typical three-bedroom, single-family home in California uses approximately 174,000 gallons a year.

Where do families use the most water?
  • Shower: 17%
  • Kitchen and bathroom faucets: 9%
  • Toilets: 4%
  • Clothes washer: 4%
  • Landscaping: 57%
  • Overwatering: 9%

Water-Saving Solutions

  • Low-flow Toilet, Cost: $60-$200 saves 6.4 gallons per flush
  • Faucet Aerators, Cost: $2 saves 1.5 gallons per minute
  • Low-flow shower head, Cost $10-$40 saves 2.5-3.5 gallons per minute

Important Water-Saving Legislation

By January 1, 2017, all residential properties in California that were built prior to 1994 will be required to retrofit with:

  1. Toilets that use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush
  2. Shower heads with flow rates of no more than 2.5 gallons per minute
  3. Other interior fixtures that use less than 2.2 gallons of water per minute

Source: California Homebuilding Foundation

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