The Average Water Consumption Per Person

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The Average Water Consumption Per Person
Water consumption is lowered using conservation techniques. (water image by Ross Young from

Water used in the home comes from surface sources such as lakes and rivers and from groundwater sources such as wells. As of 2010, the average water usage per person averages 70 gallons per day, according to the American Water Works Association.

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Toilets make up the largest percentage of water consumed per person per day. At an average of 18.5 gallons, water used by toilets makes up approximately 26.7 per cent of daily water use, according to the association.

Clothes Washers

Clothes washers come in second at 15 gallons per day. They make up 21.7 per cent of daily water usage.


Taking showers is the third greatest source of water consumption. At 11.6 gallons per day, showering make up 16.8 per cent of daily water consumption. On the other hand, baths take only 1.2 gallons, making up 1.7 per cent.

Faucets and Leaks

Faucets and leaks make up the last two large areas of water consumption at 10.9 and 9.5 gallons, respectively.

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