Water Use

Ever wondered how much water you use every day?

Turn Off the Tap!

You’ll be surprised… and not in a good way!

  • Canadians use an average of 329 litres of water each day in their houses and gardens; the United States uses around 380 litres; Israel uses 135 litres.
  • Only 10% of the water we use in our homes is used for drinking, cooking and washing dishes.
  • About 65% of the water we use in our houses occurs in the bathroom and each of us usually flushes about 175 L of water down the drain each day
  • Toilets use 40% more water than needed
  • The greatest water use occurs in the summer when about half to three quarters of treated (tap) water is sprayed on our lawns.

Let’s Talk!

Talk with your family about these situations.. What’s the right thing to do?

  • Your neighbours are washing their car and keep the hose on while water is running down the street.
  • You are at a restaurant and the waiter brings you a glass of water you do not want.
  • You need your favourite pair of jeans for a birthday party, but they are the only piece of dirty clothing – there are no other dirty clothes to wash them with.
  • You pass by a building which waters its lawns regularly. Even after a heavy rainfall, the sprinkler is on.
  • Your friend likes to “fix” the school water fountain so it is continually running.
  • Pretend you can only have 10 litres of water a week. How do you use it?
  • Many people on your street water their lawns with sprinklers in the middle of the day when the sun is shining. You know that water droplets magnify the sun’s rays, and this causes the grass to burn. And these same people water the lawns on windy days when the drops blow away.