The Reality of Water Usage in Showers

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The urgency of saving water is something that has been drilled into us since we started school. We can list a number of tips and tricks when asked how to save water yet we still find ourselves in a global water crisis. Water is precious and the planet is suffering from our excessive use of it.

Although we know that we should be saving water, we do not seem to be taking the urge as seriously as we should. After all, we all love our bathrooms very much and use it as a place to escape from the pressures of life. Bathrooms have become the epitome of multi-tasking activities!

An interesting bathroom habits survey showed that one third of the people from their sample use their bathroom time to check their mail, be it snail mail or e-mails. 43% get dressed in the bathroom, 20% sing (surprise, surprise), 19% listen to music on their cell phones, iPods or other devices, 15% talk on the phone (yikes!) and 3% watch TV. I personally know someone who opted for the iPhone 6 Plus so that he would be able to watch TV better while using the toilet. Interestingly enough, yet not surprisingly, women with children are more likely to escape to the bathroom and take longer showers than anyone else to get some peace and quiet.

All that said and done, the bathroom is a precious place, but also a major source of water wastage. But then again, it’s never a waste to maintain good personal hygiene and toilet cleanliness! Most of us were taught that showers use less water than bathing does, and while that is largely true, here are some things you need to know about shower water usage.

Top Water Wastage in Homes

People love statistics. Look at this:

The typical indoor water usage of a single family can be divided as follows:

  • Toilets – 28%
  • Laundry – 24%
  • Showers – 18%
  • Faucets – 16%
  • Leaks – 10%
  • Dishwashing – 2%
  • Bath – 2%

Not surprising to find that toilets are at the top of that list with showers following close behind.

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