We have provided a Home Water Audit tool to help you evaluate how much water your family uses on a daily basis. With the use of this helpful spreadsheet, you will be able to calculate your water usage for various household activities and determine the areas where you can conserve this essential and limited resource.
Disclaimer – This Home Water Audit is a simple tool for estimating the water usage of a typical household with characteristics similar to those you specify in the audit worksheet. The Home Water Audit cannot predict your actual usage or the amount of your water bills since it does not take account of all the variables that can affect your usage. Accordingly, it should not be relied on for those purposes. By selecting to download the Water Survey below, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agreed with the statements in this paragraph.
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Indoor Water Conservation Tips
- Only run the dishwasher and clothes washer when they are fully loaded.
- Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or the microwave instead of running water over it.
- When washing dishes by hand, use two basins—one for washing and one for rinsing—rather than letting the water run.
- Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year. Leaky toilets waste as much as 200 gallons each day.
Outdoor Water Conservation Tips
- To maintain a healthy lawn, water no more than every 3 to 5 days in the summer and 10 to 14 days in the winter.
- To prevent water loss from evaporation, water your lawn in the early morning, late afternoon, or evening. Avoid watering when it is windy.
- Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways.
- If you have a swimming pool, cover it when it’s not in use. You’ll cut the loss of water through evaporation by 90 percent.
Courtesy of the American Water Works Association