If there was a simple, inexpensive way to save California 6 billion gallons of drinking water in 90 days – would you support it?
That’s the question we’ve been asking residents of California, where we’re facing a record drought and where ground water supplies have gotten so low that towns are actually running out of drinking water.
Given the emergency situation, the answer to our question is always a resounding YES!
As you’ve probably realized, we’re big proponents of saving the excessive water waste that comes from flushing.
Here’s some stats:
1. According to the EPA, Americans flush more water down their toilets than they use showering, washing clothes, or any other activity.
“Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption. Older, inefficient toilets that use as much as 6 gallons per flush also happen to be a major source of wasted water in many homes.”
– Environmental Protection Agency
2. About 30% of residential water use comes from flushing our toilets.
3. The average flush in California is 2.7 gallons — 1 gallon more than the Federal standard. That adds up to 203 million gallons a of wasted water every day.
4. Displacing water in your toilet tank is one of the easiest, and usually cheapest, ways to conserve water. This will save you about half a gallon per flush, or about 2 gallons per day. For an average household, that’s the equivalent of 3 thousand gallons a year.
If everyone in California saved 2 gallons a day we’d save an average of 67 million gallons every single day. About 6 billion gallons of drinking water in just 3 months. That’s a year’s supply of drinking water for 33 million people.
When you consider that some towns in California don’t have tap water, those numbers start to have even more meaning.
Join the movement. Every drop counts.