Water Consumption Chart

Everyday Uses Normal Activity Conservation Activity
Showering Running shower 5 minutes: 20 gallons Wet down, soap up, rinse; 8 gallons
Brushing Teeth Running tap 5 minutes: 10 gallons Wet brush, rinse: 1/2 gallon
Tub Bath Full tub: 36 gallons Wet down, wash, rinse: 7 to 9 gallons, 1/3 full
Shaving Running tap 5 minutes: 10 gallons Fill basin: 1 gallon
Cooking Full day: 3 to 5 gallons Same
Washing Dishes Running tap while washing: 35 gallons Washing dishes and rinse in the sink: 5 gallons
Automatic Dishwasher Full cycle: 15 to 30 gallons Short cycle: 5 gallons
Washing Hands Running tap: 2 gallons Fill basin: 1 gallon
Flushing Toilet Each time 5 to 7 gallons Water displacement containers: 4 to 6 gallons each time
Washing Machine Full cycle, top water level: 40 to 60 gallons Short cycle, medium water level: 27 gallons
Landscape Watering Average hose & pressure: 10 gallons min. Conservative watering can reduce usage significantly

Water from our aquifer is a finite resource and conservation benefits all who depend on it. Here are things that may help:

On the Inside:

  • Metered homes are better able to monitor water usage and creates an opportunity to decrease water bills. Contact customer service for more information.
  • Fix leaky faucets - a single drop per second wastes 2,400 gallons per year.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Install water-saving showerheads or flow restrictors.
  • Turn off water after you wet your toothbrush.
  • Check your toilet for leaks.
  • Put a plastic bottle or a plastic bag weighted with pebbles and filled with water in your toilet tank. Displacing water in this manner allows you to use less water with each flush.
  • Do not use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket.

On the Outside:

  • Water your lawn only when it needs it. Missoula Water recommends watering during the cool parts of the day, the schedule is as follows - May 1st to September 30th from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Deep-soak your lawn.
  • Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings
  • Landscape with plants adapted to the climate - they use less water and they're easier to grow.
  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants.
  • Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and steps.
  • Don't run the hose while washing your car.
  • Adjust sprinklers to avoid watering the sidewalk and the street.

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