Watch Your Water Ways!

Understanding where and how much water we use is the first step in beginning to conserve one of our most precious resources. This simple home water check-up will allow you to track your household consumption, both indoors and outdoors. After calculating your water use patterns, you can begin conserving in ways that work best with your lifestyle.

Thanks for taking the time to become more familiar with your household water use.  With this knowledge you should be able to start conserving water around your home.

Enter information into the form below and press the "Calculate" button to calculate your daily, monthly, and yearly water use in gallons.  You do not need to answer questions if they don't apply. Water calculator is courtesy of the City of Tampa, Florida.

GENERAL QUESTIONS
1. Total number of people in your household. (Required)
INDOOR WATER USE
BATHROOM
1. How many showers are taken each day in your household?
2. What is the average length (in minutes) of each shower. (Enter 6.3 if you are unsure).
3. What is the flow rate (gallons per minute) of your showerhead? (Enter 5 for standard showerhead; 2 for low flow).
4. Total number of baths taken each week by members of your household.
TOILETS
1. Average number of times each person flushes a toilet in your house per day. (Enter 4 if you are unsure).
2. How many gallons does your toilet use per flush? (Enter 5 if you have a standard toilet; 1.6 if you have a low volume toilet).
FAUCETS
1. How many times each day does each household member use faucets to shave brush teeth, wash hands and face?
2. How many minutes does the water run during each use?
WASHING DISHES
1. How many times are dishes washed by hand each day?
2. How many minutes does the water run during each wash?
3. If you have a dishwasher, how many times is it used each week?
4. The average dishwasher uses 15 gallons of water per load, change this number if yours is different.
LAUNDRY
1. How many loads of laundry are done by members of your household each week.
2. The average washing machine uses 55 gallons of water per load, change this number if yours is different.
OUTDOOR WATER USE
LAWN WATERING & OTHER USES
1. How many times is your lawn watered each week?
2. How many minutes is the lawn watered per watering?
3. Water is also used outdoors to wash cars, fill pools, rinse outdoor furniture and clean equipment. Estimate the average number of minutes water is used outdoors for purposes other than watering each week.

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RESULTS
PER CAPITA DAILY WATER USE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD (gallons)
INDOOR WATER USE OUTDOOR WATER USE
Bathroom Lawn Watering
Toilets Other Outdoor Uses
Faucets GENERAL WATER USE
Laundry
Dishwasher
Hand Washing Dishes
COMPARISON BETWEEN YOUR HOUSEHOLD AND
THE Albemarle County Service Authority customer AVERAGE* HOUSEHOLD
  Your House ACSA
Average
Interior per capita gallons per day 137
Exterior per capita gallons per day 40
 
  Total Per Capita Gallons of Water Used in the House
  Per Day Per Month Per Year
Your Household
Albemarle County Service Authority Customer Average
Comments:
*Based on Albemarle County Service Authority data and mathematical averages are rounded.