Residential Water Use Background Information and Resources

According to Vickers (2001), total residential water use in the US is estimated to average 26,100 million gallons per day (mgd). The U.S. Geological Survey (1998) estimates that residential consumptive use represents 26% of total United States use and that 87% of this is supplied by public water sources.



Saving Water Indoors

Are you using more water than you thought? Take a look at your bill. The average daily water use in the nine-county Dolores/San Juan River Basin of Southwest Colorado is about 185 gallons per person per day.

General Water Saving Tips

  • Conserve water because it is the right thing to do. Don't waste water just because someone else is footing the bill, such as when you are staying at a hotel.
  • Replace high water use fixtures (e.g., toilets, urinals, washing machines, etc.) with more efficient models.
  • Repair all leaks!