Gallery: Elocal Infographic Shows How Much Water Your Home is Wasting


From spending five extra minutes in the shower to leaving the faucet running while you do the dishes, you most likely waste more water in your home than you think you do. While fresh water is a renewable resource, we consume clean, usable water at rates faster than it can be replenished. Elocal compiled information from a variety of experts to put together a very informative infographic about residential water consumption in the United States, highlighting the fact that the average U.S. family uses 127,000 gallons of water every year!

The graphic breaks down the world’s water supply, noting that less than 1% is fit for human consumption. Ninety-seven percent of the earth’s water is salt water, and of the 3% that’s fresh water, two-thirds of it is frozen in glaciers and ice caps. The easiest way to save water in your home is to install low-flow fixtures and appliances. The graphic compares these numbers, showing that while a regular toilet uses 33,000 gallons a year if its flushed 15 times a day, a low-flow toilet only uses 9,000 gallons for the same amount of use.

+ Elocal

Thanks to Jaclyn Nicholson at Elocal for the tip.


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1 Comment

  1. Green Joy February 28, 2012 at 3:20 am

    I love infographics, they display all information in a simple manner, easily digestible. This particular infographic is very disturbing, in regards to the amount of water we just throw away. It’s impact is significantly greater when we hear the news regarding the droughts in various parts of the world.

    Juan Miguel Ruiz

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