Water facts

There are many ways in which we use water. Here are some facts about how much water we use in everyday life:

Bathroom 

  • Bath – 50–150 litres per bath.
  • Shower – 20–250 litres per shower (standard shower rose 20 litres per minute, water-efficient shower rose nine litres per minute). Don’t have a water-efficient shower rose? Get one now! Remember the four-minute rule.
  • Basin – five litres every use.
  • Brushing teeth – five litres just to clean your teeth IF you leave the tap running.

Toilet 

  • Single flush – 12 litres per flush.
  • Dual flush – six litres full-flush and three litres half-flush.
  • Some dual flush toilets are a 4.5 litre full-flush and a three litre half-flush.

Laundry 

  • Front-loading machine – approximately 70 litres per load.
  • Top-loading machine – up to 170 litres per load.

Garden 

  • Hosing – 800 litres per hour
  • Sprinkler – 1000 litres per hour.
  • Car washing with a hose – 200 litres every 12 minutes.
  • Hosing driveway – 75 litres every five minutes.

Follow this link for information on how to read your water meter.   

Water and our planet

The following interesting water facts have been extracted from the Water Conservation Wise website and the Save Water Alliance website:

  • Of all the water in the world, only 3% is fresh. Less than one third of 1% of this fresh water is available for human use. The rest is frozen in glaciers or polar ice caps, or is deep within the earth, beyond our reach.
  • 75% of the Earth’s water is frozen in the ice caps at the North and South Poles.
  • It is only in the past 50 years that scientists have discovered water can carry and spread diseases. This has led us to be more aware of the importance of clean water. Each year, over five million people in the world die from disease caused by unsanitary water.
  • Only 12% of all rainwater that falls in Australia runs into rivers and other waterways – the rest is lost through evaporation.
  • The majority of the Earth’s freshwater is found underground.
  • The human body is made up of 66% water, and we can only survive three days without water.
  • Our brains are made up of over 75% water, which is why it’s really important for us to keep hydrated.
    Saving Tips
  • Laundry Tip #2

    Water-efficient front loading washing machines use about 70 litres per load, compared with about 140 litres for a top loader.