Facts About Water Use

Every day, thousands of residents throughout the City of Jackson use the water in their homes, offices, stores, and factories unaware of just how much water they’re actually using. The Water Department has put together a number of facts that go along with common uses of our water system as well as some tips for conserving your water usage. Visit our leak prevention page to learn more about how you can stop wasting water unnecessarily.

Showers & Baths
  • Showers make up to 32% of home water use
  • A 10-minute shower on average uses about 55 gallons of water
  • Taking a 5-minute shower daily uses 10,000 gallons of water per year
  • A standard showerhead uses 5 to 10 gallons of water per minute
  • Low-flow showerheads can reduce water use by 50%
  • Baths are even less efficient, using up to twice the amount of water used in a shower
  • Today, the oldest toilets use an average of 3 to 5 gallons of water with each flush
  • Low-flow toilets cut that usage in 1/2, ringing in at 1.6 to 2 gallons per flush
  • The average toilet is flushed 8 times each day
  • Displacing water in the tank can save 1 to 2 gallons per flush, or 5,800 gallons per year with a displacement bag or plastic bottle
  • Leaky toilets can waste up to 22,000 gallons of water per year
  • Normal faucets flow at 3 to 5 gallons per minute
  • A low-flow faucet aerator reduces flow by up to 50%
  • Low-flow faucets can save a family of 4 up to 280 gallons per month
  • Most people use 2 to 3 gallons of water to brush their teeth
  • A leaky faucet can waste up to 100 gallons of water per day
  • In some states, 50% of the water is used on lawns and gardens
  • Most people water too much since lawns on average only need about 1 inch of water per week
  • Keep your grass 1 to 3 inches long since longer grass has stronger roots to hold more water
  • Mulch conserves water by retaining moisture and eliminating weeds
  • Use short on/off sprinkler cycles to give the lawn time to absorb the water with at at least 1 hour off in between cycles
  • Water in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation