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How can I save on my water bill?

Let’s all do our part to fix leaks, save water and money.

  • Leaks waste thousands of gallons of water and can cost a household hundreds of dollars per year.
  • Fixing leaks is an easy way to save money on water bills.
  • Bonus: save water for salmon and other wildlife.

Please check out our step-by-step instructions and videos.

70% of water is used indoors

The typical family of four can use 300 gallons of water every day. On average, approximately 70 percent of that water is used indoors.

Tips:

Older toilets use between 3.5 and 5 gallons of water per flush. By switching to a newer water-efficient toilet you can use 60 to 80 percent less water.

Older washing machines use between 27 and 54 gallons of water per load. Today’s standard machines use 23 gallons per load. By switching to a newer, energy- and water-conserving model (front-loading or top-loading, non-agitator ones), you can use less than 15 gallons per load.

Not rinsing dishes prior to loading the dishwasher could save up to 10 gallons per load.

Where does my water go?

gphd % of total
Toilet 33.1 24
Shower 28.1 20
Faucet 26.3 19
Clothes washer 22.7 16
Leak 17 12
Other 5.3 4
Bath 3.6 3
Dishwasher 1.6 1
Total 137.7 99

“Other” is evaporative cooling, humidification, water softening & other uncategorized uses.

Source: Water Research Foundation “Residential End Uses of Water Study Update – Version 2,” 2016