Since I started the Riot for Austerity in July of last year, I have done almost everything to reduce my water usage. I now shower every third day instead of every day. I skip a flush (or two). My dishwasher now only runs about once a week (I have been reusing not so dirty plates and bowls) and I have my laundry down to roughly one load per week.
In the past I have been frustrated when the water bill arrived, since I didn’t think it adequately represented my use – in fact I was almost sure they were just guessing… no meter reading… just making up a number. After all, how many people actually scan their utility bills like all of us seem to do these days? A handful, maybe?
However, I received the most recent bill from the water company a few days ago, and am happy to report that my reduction efforts are finally showing up as a reduction on their love notice. This bill was for 88 days, and listed my usage for the period as 3,000 gallons, or 34.09 gallons per day. This is 5,800 gallons or 65.91% less than the average individual uses at 90 gallons per day. Finally my reduction efforts are starting to show!
I’m a far cry from the 90% reduction that was the goal, but I have reduced my usage from approximately 74 gallons per day (from the beginning of this challenge) to approximately 34 gallons per day.