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Where is the Most Water Wasted in the Home? You May Be Surprised

When we think of water use in the home, the washing machine is usually thought of as one of the main sources of water use. However, it’s not used nearly as often in most homes as showers and sink faucets, which actually account for the most water use during a typical month.

What wastes the most water around the home? One of the top causes of water waste is not even intentional, it’s water leaks. Even a small water leak can waste more that 170 gallons per day, that equal to more than three showers! But by far the biggest water waste happens outside the home. Lawn watering uses an average of 600 gallons of water an hour.

Here are the water usage rates in a typical home

  • Toilet Flush: 2 to 6 gallons per flush
  • Dishwasher: 20 gallons per run
  • Small Leak: 170 gallons per day
  • Shower: 30 to 50 gallons per shower
  • Washing Machine: 40 gallons per load
  • Large Leak: 1000 gallons per day
  • Sink Faucet: 3 gallons per minute
  • Lawn Sprinkling: 600 gallons per hour

Need help fixing those water wasting leaks around the home? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing & Air Conditioning. We’ll put an end to those water wasting leaks.

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