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(WUSA)-- The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the average family of four uses about 400 gallons of water a day, and 70% of it is used indoors. The bathroom is the place the most the most water (literally) goes down the drain, and the EPA says the toilet alone can use 27% of house hold water.
The U.S. Geological Survey estimates filling the average bathtub takes 40 gallons of water. To conserve, shower instead, but keep your time under the showerhead as brief as possible (2.5 gallons can flow out per minute).
The USGS estimates we use about one gallon of water when we brush our teeth; do you leave the faucet running while you brush? The EPA says by turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving, a person can save more than 200 gallons of water per month.
In the kitchen, the dishwasher can be a major 'water hog.' Older models use 20 gallons per load. However, newer energy-efficient may only use 4 gallons. USGS says dishwashing by hand uses about 4 gallons a minute; again, filling the sink and turning the faucet off while you wash dishes and utensils helps conserve.
And when it comes to washing clothes, the type of machine you have also affects water use and conservation. USGS says top-loading washer use about 40 gallons per load; front-loaders about 20 gallons per load. Especially when water restrictions are in place, only running full loads helps conserve water in your home.