The Reality of Water Usage in Showers

Some of the most common ways for people to save water is to turn off the water while brushing teeth, limit the time in the shower, take fewer showers and baths and flushing less frequently. Remember the saying “if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down”? Gross, but excellent advice.

Water Usage in the Shower

How much water would you imagine that you use in a typical shower? Do you think you use enough water to fill a thimble? A bucket? A 5 litre container? Or perhaps a 50 litre barrel? Are you a quick 10 minutes kind of shower-er or a long linger-er? The bottom line is that we are actually unaware of the amount of water we deplete. The two main factors that influence water usage in a shower boil down to flow rate and duration.

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On average, 80 litres of water is used to shower.

This becomes costly because you are paying for water as well as heating. Long showers have been found to be one of the biggest water wasters in the household, coming third after toilets and washing machines. In the average American home, an individual will shower for 8.2 minutes, at a flow rate of 2.1 gallons per minute (8 litres per minute) using a whopping 17.2 gallons of water (that’s 65 litres).

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