CONDUCTING A HOUSEHOLD WATER AUDIT
WHAT IS A HOUSEHOLD WATER AUDIT? A household water audit is an assessment of how much water is used and how much water can be saved in the home. Conducting a wateraudit involves calculating water use and identifying simple ways for saving water in the home. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CONDUCTING A WATER AUDIT? Conducting a water audit can help you save money byreducing your home water bill (and sewer bill if you are connected to a public sewer system). Conducting a water audit will make you aware of how you use your water and help to identify ways you canminimize water use by implementing certain conservation measures. It is possible to cut your water usage by as much as 30 percent by implementing simple conservation measures and without drasticallymodifying your lifestyle. HOW DO I CALCULATE WATER USAGE IN MY HOME? It is important to realize that water use throughout the year often varies with the season. Most people use more water in the warmermonths for gardening, washing cars, and other outdoor uses. If you conduct your water audit in the winter or fall, you should still consider the additional water you use in the summer months. TheAmerican Water Works Association (AWWA) estimates that the average indoor water use per person is 94 gallons of water per day; this does not take into account outdoor water use (watering lawns, washingcars). Calculating Water Use From Your Water Bill If you obtain water from a community water system, you probably receive a water bill that tells you how much water you use. Many water utilities providecustomers with bills that contain information regarding the amount of water consumed and average daily consumption during the billing period. If the average daily consumption is not provided, you cancalculate it by dividing the total amount of water used by the number of days in the billing period. Determine whether your water is measured in cubic meters (m3), cubic feet (ft3), gallons (gal),... [continua]

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