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Tips on How to Conserve Family Water Usage and Cut Costs

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Tri-Cities --  The average American uses 1,191 gallons of water a day.   If you are wondering how that can be possible, you might want to consider the hard numbers.  This how it stacks up for the big water users in your home:

If you are like a lot of people and leave the water running while you brush your teeth in the morning, you are using four gallons of water.  A fifteen minute shower uses 60 gallons of h2o.

To cut back you might want to put a sticky note on your mirror to remind you in the morning to shut off the water as you brush your teeth.  And a low flow shower head will trim water usage, as well as shortened shower times.  The truth is that a fifteen minute shower uses as much water as a drink of h2o for 95 people! 

You might want to consider putting in a low flow toilet.   If you don't want to do that, you can still conserve.  Put a half gallon plastic jug filled with water and pebbles in the tank.   It'll cut back your use by 2 1/2 to 10 gallons a day.

Expect to use about 50 gallons of water for every five minutes you water the lawn.  Cutting back is as simple as testing your grass to see if it really needs water.  The way to do that is to step down on the lawn.  If the earth pops back up, your grass really isn't as thirsty as you might think.

To figure out how much water you're using, go to  There's a calculator on the site that you can use to tally what your family consumes.