Water Usage and Conservation

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Water is a precious natural resource that is necessary for life.

Statistics

  • Of all the water on this blue planet 97% is in the oceans, 2% in the polar ice caps, and only a staggering 1% is available as freshwater. 
  • The average person in America uses about 100 gallons per day.
  • Irrigation counts for around 37% of all water used and produced nationally.
  • Around 5% of water used is for drinking and cooking.
  • About 75% of water used indoors is in the bathroom, with the toilet being the #1 (no pun intended) user.
  • Around 50 – 75% of water produced by municipalities is used on lawn irrigation!
  • Of all the water used in homes about 95% is actually treated by a wastewater treatment facility and returned to the local waterways. Outdoor irrigation is a different story. Of all the water used outdoors, only about 15 – 30% returns to the waterways
  • Bottled Water – Everyone likes the convenience of bottled water but here are a few facts to think about.
    • The average price of a gallon of bottled water is around $1.55. The Town of Silverthorne Tier 1 water rate is $1.35 for 1,000 gallons, or $0.001 per gallon. 7500x less the price! For comparison a barrel costs about $1.55 a gallon.

Tips 

  • Use low flow toilets and shower heads
  • Only water early in the morning and at night, avoiding the middle or “heat” of the day.
  • Get a rain barrel! The state now allows private homeowners to collect water from their roof and collect for gardening and landscaping uses. See more at Conservation ColoradoRain Barrels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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