According to the Riot for Austerity site (see link on right – and JOIN US), the Average American uses 100 Gallons of water PER PERSON, PER DAY. A 90% reduction would mean 10 gallons PER PERSON, PER DAY.
I just received my most recent, quarterly water bill which shows me using 6,750 gallons of water over the last 91 days – that is almost 74.2 gallons of water per day (a 25.8% reduction from the average). This is an increase for me – the previous water bill has me using an average of 65.9 gallons per day (34.1% decrease from the average).
I assume the biggest reason for the increase is that I have been watering my veggie garden every few days. It has been hot and dry (except for the one storm) and I have been watering the garden – something I’ve not done before.
I’ll try and be positive here – and say that my water consumption would have been much higher had I not cut back on showers – every other day instead of every day (at least when I am not going out and being “professional”) and had I not also started “skipping a flush or two” when no solids are involved.
Water is one of those things that is so easy to take for granted – it is very inexpensive to have it pumped into your house from the water company – and as a former Minnesota girl who currently lives in the burbs of St. Louis with two lakes within 3 miles of her house and the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri not much further – water has never seemed to be in short supply.
I guess it is a different mind-set to actually “think” about water usage.