Water Distribution and Usage

By: Jad Jaafar, Harry Lee, Paneez Jalal

How much water we use on a daily average

How much water does the average person use at home per day? Estimates vary, but each person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day. Are you surprised that the largest use of household water is to flush the toilet, and after that, to take showers and baths?

Toilet water use can vary significantly. Older toilets can use 3.5, 5, or even up to 7 gallons of water with every flush. In an average home, showers are typically the third largest water use after toilets and clothes washers. The average American shower uses 17 gallons.

How to distribut water

water distribution

Our drinking water is made from freshwater. But, we can also convert salt water to become freshwater, but it damages the ecosystem, as it damages it by saturating other salt water and killing the animals within because of the salt within it. We can't use desalinated water effectively though, as it only satisfies less than HALF a percent of the humans water needs! Salt water also makes extremely strong bonds, so it costs a huge amount of money and energy to desalinate water. So, we go back to fresh water. We use normal water for nearly everything from our toilet flushes to washing our hands, and it we also use it for satisfying our human needs.