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Indoor Conservation

In Northeastern Illinois, the average person uses 109 gallons of water each day and about 69% of this water is used inside the home for daily tasks.

Some examples of these daily tasks are:

  • An automatic clothes washer uses 30-60 gallons of water for a full cycle.
  • A five-minute shower uses approximately 25 gallons (calculated at 5 gallons a minute).
    • Install a low-flow shower head to reduce water use to 2.5 gallons per minute.
  • A typical full bathtub can hold 35 gallons of water.
  • 26% of indoor water use goes to flushing toilets.  A toilet uses 3.5 to 6 gallons of water per flush depending on how old it is.
    • A new toilet only uses 1.6 gallons per flush or less!
  • Running water continuously while brushing your teeth can use 1 - 3 gallons of water per minute, depending on the flow rate of the faucet.

Water conservation allows us to use water more efficiently and reduce water waste. That includes limiting water waste due to leaking fixtures such as toilets. Did you know fixing even a small toilet leak can save you $50 or more per year through lower water and sewer bills!

View these brochures for money-saving tips:

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