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Residential and Irrigation Uses
National averages show a typical family of four (4) uses water as follows:

Inside Use

Gallons per Day

Bathing

80

Bathroom sink

8

Cooking and drinking

12

Dishwashing

15

Laundry

35

Toilets

100

Utility sink

5

Total family use

255*

*Equals 63.75 gallons per day per person

Average water use for inside using facilities:

Fixture

Water Usage Needs

Bathtub 25 to 35 gallons per tub
Clothes Washer 25 to 50 gallons per load
Dishwasher 7.5 to 16 gallons per load
Shower 5 to 15 gallons per minute
Toilet Old - 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush
Toilet New - 1.5 gallons per flush

Average water use for outside landscaping and swimming pools:

Outside Need

Annual Water Usage Needs

Lawn 2.35 c.f. per square foot
Other Landscaping 1.0 c.f. per square foot
Orchards (fruit) 1.0 to 1.5 c.f. per square foot
Swimming Pool (evaporation)* 2.35 c.f. per square foot of surface area
*Without pool cover, 1 c.f. = one cubic foot or 7.48 gallons

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