How much water do you use?
Mandatory water restrictions remain in effect for more than 100,000 people in southern Prince George's County after the Washington Suburban Sanity Commission fixed a valve that allowed for water to be diverted around a damaged water main. See how much water you use in an average day, and how WSSC's restrictions would affect your use. Read related article.
How often do you participate in
each of the activities below in a day?
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Adjust the activities at left to see your water usage.
The average person uses about 80 to 100 gallons per day.
Restrictions and recommendations
- Use water only as necessary; Take shorter showers.
- Postpone using dishwashers.
- Limit flushing toilets (do not flush after every use).
- Turn off faucets after washing hands, shaving and teeth brushing.
- Postpone using washing machines.
- Stop all outside water use. No watering lawns, shrubs, flowers; no washing cars; no topping off swimming pools.
- Store water in a bathtub that can be used to flush toilets.
- Store 1 to 2 gallons of safe water per person per day in airtight, clean, food-grade plastic containers.