# Take The Quiz To Find Out Your Water Footprint.

Did you know that the average American uses 660,000 gallons of water every year? Compare that to the average Chinese who uses 185,000 gallons, and you can see just how much water we waste vs. how much we actually need to live on. After the stay at the earthship last year, I really concentrated on cutting our water use down as much as possible. To see how big my water footprint is here in my house, I went over to Water Footprint and took a look. Even though I have low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, and take 4 minute (max) showers, it wasn’t pretty when compared to the rest of the world. While I am not sure it’s the most accurate calculator, it still was quite bothersome:

What is your water footprint? Go take a look and see….

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1. Monica says:

Did you take the detailed quiz? I took the quick one and got 3042. I’m in Ecuador, but if I change the input to USA, I get almost 3 times the volume.

Maybe I’d try the detailed quiz when I have the time to calculate all the items. Greets!

2. Kun says:

Rarely do I weigh in on articles I come across but this one I must. My profession is an energy engineer and my primary focus is on the residential sector. A part of my job is to analyze in detail the average water and energy consumption of residents to find various improvement measures to cut down the utility usage. I have analyzed thousands of residents and have become quite knowledgeable in the field. With that being said, the 660,000 gallons per individual per year seems astronomically high. On average, an individual in an efficient household should be using about 55-65 gallons per person per day (20,075 – 23,725 gallons per year). With a little effort, that number can drop down to 40 – 50 gallons per person per day. The most wasteful I’ve seen is somewhere in the 180 gallons per person per day range; anything above that is usually a sign of a bad water meter or a leak that no one caught.
Breaking down the 660,000 gallons per person per year comes out to about 1,808 gallons a day!

The calculator seems very fishy to me – what does my annual salary have anything to do with the amount of water I consume?

Just my 2 cents.

3. David says:

Its ALL water use – the water needed for your diet, where you live, etc etc. Not just what you bath in and drink. The average person uses 100 gallons just in their house, per day.