Interesting Facts & Figures

relief mapThe earth’s total water supply, according to one source, is more than 369 quintillion gallons. That is 369,820,250,000,000,000,000 gallons!

Water is so much a part of our daily lives that, like the air we breathe, we take it for granted.

Each day on average we use:

  • 30-40 gallons per bath
  • 7-9 gallons per minute per shower
  • 3-4 gallons per toilet flush
  • 1 or more gallons to brush our teeth
  • 25 gallons to wash dishes by machine
  • 30 gallons to wash one load of clothes
  • In house use averages 40-60 gallons per person, per day!

To produce our food it takes:

  • 150 gallons for 1 loaf of bread
  • 125 gallons for 1 pound of tomatoes
  • 22 gallons for 1 pound of potatoes
  • 37 gallons for 1 bushel of corn
  • To produce an egg takes 120 gallons, and for a quart of milk, 223 gallons. Irrigated agriculture uses an average of 2 1/2 acre feet of water per acre, measured at the point of diversion from the stream.

There is a constant supply of water on this earth — no more no less. Please use it wisely!

(Information obtained from the Colorado River Water Conservation District brochure.)