Water Usage in the USA and Around the World

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Blog Highlights

  • Not everyone has the same access to clean, usable water
  • In the United States, the average family uses about 300 gallons of water per day
  • In developed countries, it’s easy to take water for granted

We use water every day. We use it to wash clothes and dishes, for showers, and to drink. In Salt Lake City, Park City, and other towns and cities, it may seem like water is everywhere and abundant, but the fact is, it’s not. Water is a limited resource. Only one percent of earth’s water is suitable for human use. The rest of earth’s water is salt water, trapped in the polar ice caps, or inaccessible and unusable for other various reasons.

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Not everyone has the same access to clean, usable water. If you live in an area where water seems abundant, it’s especially important to understand how your water usage can affect you, those around you, and people all over the world.

As mentioned above, we use water in our daily lives, but sometimes we forget the larger role water plays in society. Think about it. We use water for fire-fighting, sewage systems, and swimming pools. Water is used in farming irrigation and aquaculture, for livestock, mining, and thermoelectric power. It also serves a role in some industrial processes. And this happens in cities all over the world, resulting in millions of gallons of water used every day.

Water usage varies drastically between different countries and regions. In the United States, the average family uses about 300 gallons of water per day. To get an idea of what the water is used for: Nearly 25 percent of that water is used for flushing the toilet, 20 percent for showering, and close to 15 percent is a result of leaking pipes and faulty plumbing systems.

An average American uses about 150 gallons of water per day, while in Australia an average person uses about 120 gallons of water a day. In Italy, they use about 100 gallons per day and in Norway they use about 80 gallons a day. When we look at developing countries, such as Mozambique or Rwanda, the use of water drops significantly to around half a gallon to four gallons a day.

Developed countries use a lot more water than developing countries. In developed countries, it’s easy to take water for granted. In less-developed countries water is often harder to access. The water on the earth is a resource that everyone must share. Living in a developed country, you benefit from clean, easy-to-access water, but it’s important to remember that it is a limited resource. We must take responsibility for our water usage and work to conserve water. Water conservation is an important step towards protecting this precious resource. For example, that 15 percent of water that is lost to leaks and bad plumbing in the United States, can be avoided if you maintain and update your plumbing.

Do you need to have your plumbing inspected for leaks? Contact us today!

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