Water Conservation Tips

There is no shortage of water on Earth, but most of the water on the planet is locked up in non-drinkable forms. Over 97.5 percent of our total water resources are located in oceans, while water in lakes, rivers, vegetation and in the atmosphere accounts for less than one-half percent of the total. Therefore, we must wisely use the water that is available to us. 1

Trends, 1950-2010

According to the US Geological Survey, water use in the US has generally been increasing steadily since 1950. Total water withdrawals for all categories of use in 2010 were estimated to be 355 billion gallons per day. Although total withdrawals in 2010 were 13 percent less than in 2005, the overall trend since 1950 is towards more water use.


Simple steps can be taken to use water more efficiently, which will help to preserve future water supplies, save money, and help protect the environment. Below are some ways we can help conserve and recycle water every day at home.

Indoor Water Tips

Water UsageThe average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home. Roughly 70 percent of this use occurs indoors.

The US Environmental Protection Agency's Water Sense website offers the following suggestions:

Outdoor Water Tip

For more information:

1Basic Use and Monitoring of Water Resources in Pennsylvania