As you can see from my diagram, there is a HUGE opportunity to use less water in our daily lives with the right equipment to hand. Currently we use drinking quality water -cleaned to a very high standard for everything -even flushing the toilet -which is total madness when you think about it! Ladies and Gentlemen - I give you the "Water Use Hierarchy"! [click and zoom in]
We use a lot of water but we need to be aware of what the worst things to do are...like watering the garden with a hose and leaving the tap running whilst you brush your teeth...
How much water do we use?
80 litres = a full bath
50-65 litres = one load of laundry in the washing machine
25 litres = one load of the dishwasher
70 litre = power shower (typical use)
6 litres = (IF) you leave the tap running when you brush your teeth
35 litres = normal pressure shower (typical use)
30-40 litres = to wash the car with a bucket
6 to 13 litres = to flush the toilet (depends how old your cistern is)
400-500 litres = watering the garden with a hosepipe
400-500 litres = washing the car with a hosepipe