Q & A on Water Consumption

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Author: Patricia Feager, 2/7/2018




What household chore requires at minimum 27 to 41 gallons of water?

Where can 1.3 to 7 gallons of water or more go on a daily basis?

What do you do on a regular basis using ~ 22 gallons of water  per person?

Depending on size, how far can 94 gallons of water go?


Before I give you the answers, did you know that in the State of Texas that by the year 2060 the population is expected to double and there will be significant water shortages in all parts of the state of Texas? What will happen to the people, the trees, plants, shrubs, wildlife, agriculture, and to people's homes if there isn't enough water in the soil? One of the best things to improve the value of your home is to maintain nice landscaping. What kind of depreciation will occur if there is no green and growing and foundations crack and can't be fixed?



Future generations depend on what we do today. Where do I begin? That's something each individual needs to ask themselves and make some tough choices. The key to water conservation is to use water wisely. If you are 50 years old or older, did you ever expect to be paying as much as you do for a bottle of water? And how many people buy special water in glass containers because it may be safer? Do people really drink water coming out of their faucets anymore?



Starting with your bathroom, buy a water-efficient model showerhead. Take shorter showers. Reduce the amount of water in bathtubs. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth or shave. Never let good water run down the drain foolishly. Check your toilets frequently and replace old toilets with high-efficiency models that uses 1.3 gallons per flush. Never let a leak continue to leak. Use less toilet paper and use the septic safe type. 

In the kitchen, run the dishwasher when full, not half empty. Install energy saving faucets. Soak rather than run water into pots that are hard to clean before putting them into a dishwasher. Be smart when it comes to water in the kitchen when cooking.

Laundry - aren't we who have washing machines in homes the lucky ones? I remember mama carrying baskets to the laundry mat. She also got down on her knees and would use a scrub board. Replace old washing machines with high efficiency machines. Did you know that conventional machines use up to twice as much gallons of water per load? 



  • Washing clothes takes 27 to 41 gallons of water.
  • Flushing toilets costs you 1.3 to 7 gallons of water.
  • Showering about 22 gallons of water.
  • Garden hose - approximately 94 gallons of water. 


Remember you're not the only one on this planet that needs water. Save the water! Water conservation benefits every living thing on earth.




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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
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We are very cognizant of water consumption here and try to use iet wisely every day.  Shut off the tap when brushing teeth, having shorter showers, and only washing clothes when there is sufficient for a normal load.

Feb 07, 2018 06:31 PM #1
Mary Jo Quay
Remax Results - Edina, MN

We are all going to have to conserve water. When Ed Koch was Mayor of NY, there was an awful draught, and the mayor came up with a list of ways to save water. The favorite was to take a shower with a friend.

I grew up in farm country, water makes or breaks crops and the economy. Before everyone had city water and sewer, conservations was a way of life. People let the tap run because they can. The one thing that people never mention in global warming is population count. In 1900 the world had 1 billion people (that they could count). We are now close to 8 billion. We have 8 times the number of hot bodies on the planet that need food, water, clothing, education.  That would also give us at least 8x the garbage. How did we ignore factoring in body heat from 7 million more bodies?

Feb 07, 2018 06:49 PM #2
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Patricia Feager ,

Such a timely post. Texas will have significant water shortage by 2060..I won't be around but my grandchildren and there children will be. So many people moving to Texas..it's putting a crunch on our natural resources for sure!

Feb 07, 2018 07:47 PM #3
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

In the summer we irrigate the front and back yards 5-6 days a week. Now I feel guilty and we may need to rethink that. We have energy efficiet appliances and faucets. I know our new washer uses very little water, how much I don't know.

Feb 07, 2018 09:13 PM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Great post Patricia, our Governor... who had smoked too much weed in his heyday made an announcement last year that the drought is over in CA... we are getting so many influx of people who want to live here from every direction... so if we did statistics I am positive it would beat your numbers... but we are not focusing on water conservation... what is wrong with this picture?;)))Endre

Feb 07, 2018 11:58 PM #5
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Lots of interesting facts in this post, water is the next big thing we will all need. We need to be converting salt water to soft water that can be used and also conserve what we have as quickly as possible.

Feb 08, 2018 07:18 AM #6
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