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How much water are you using?
Household faucet:
Shower:
Tub for bath:
Toilet flushing:
Dishwasher:
Washing Machine:
Lawn watering:
Dripping faucet: 
3 to 5 gallons per minute
5 to 10 gallons per minute
50 gallons if full
5 to 7 gallons
15 to 25 gallons
35 gallons
35 gallons per ½ acre
1000 gallons or more per year
What is your water footprint?
Based on your country of residence and your own consumption pattern, you will have a unique water footprint. Use the footprint calculator developed by waterfootprint.com to assess your own water footprint.
How do you make a difference?
Send us an e-mail and tell us how you're saving water. We'll post clever ideas on our Every Drop Counts page.
How much rain fell at your house?
For the true math wiz. Have you ever heard someone say, “We got a ton of rain.”?  If you have ever wondered how much rain (in tons!) falls in a given area, we have a way for you to figure it out:

First, select an area that is covered with a paved layer like a parking lot.  Any rain that falls on this surface will not soak in, it will be water runoff.

Next, multiply the length by the width to get the area.  To get the volume, multiply the area by the feet of rain.

To get the weight, multiply the volume by 62.5 pounds and then convert to tons.

For example, an area that is 50 feet by 100 feet equals 5000 square feet.  Multiplying 5000 square feet by 4.2 feet of rain (a hypothetical yearly total) gives you a volume of 21,000 cubic feet of water. Then, multiply the 21,000 cubic feet by 62.5 pounds (the weight of one cubic foot of water) to get a weight of 1,312,500 pounds.  Finally, divide that weight by 2000 pounds to get 656.25 tons of water.  So, on that rather tiny 50 x 100 parking lot, over 656 TONS of rain falls in a year! That’s more than the weight of 100 elephants!

Links to help you make every drop count
We've searched the world wide web to find sites that have great information, and some fun games,all about conserving water.

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/

http://www.epa.gov/safewater/kids/

http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/KidsStuff/

http://www.watereducation.utah.gov/games/default.asp

http://www2.seattle.gov/util/waterbusters/

http://www.ci.tucson.az.us/water/06book.htm

http://www.njawwa.org/kidsweb/wordfind/wordfind.htm

http://wateruseitwisely.com/100ways/se.shtml

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20945830/

http://www.waterdistrict25.com/waterman/puzzles/index.html

http://www.h2ouse.org/

http://www.yvw.com.au/waterschool/juniors.html

Water experiments

Every drop counts

 



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