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*Washing machines use about 15% of your house's water. Each wash cycle uses 32 to 59 gallons- as much as two showers.

*A standard shower head uses about 5-7 gallons of water per minute (gpm)- so even a 5-minute shower can consume 35 gallons!

*"Low-flow" shower heads help reduce water use by 50% or more. They typically cut the flow rate to 2.5 gpm- or less.

*Water pumping is one of the largest uses of electricity in the arid Western states. So every drop of water we conserve also saves electricity

.*Turn off the water faucet when brushing your teeth. This simple act can save 9 gallons of water every time you brush.

* The normal faucet flow is 3-5 gallons of water per minute (gpm). By attaching a low flow faucet aerator, you can reduce the flow by 50%. Incredibly, although the flow is reduced, it will seem stringer because air is mixed into the water as it leaves the tap.

*40% of the pure water you use in your house is flushed down the toilet.

*If a family of four takes 5-minute showers each day, they will use more than 700 gallons of water every week--the equivalent of a three-year supply of drinking water for one person.