Salt Lake City

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Seven Gallon Challenge

Currently, we use on average about 147 gallons of water a day indoors in our homes. Single-family, apartments, it doesn’t matter. That may not sound like much, but bathing, cooking, laundry, toilets – it all takes water. To meet our five-year water conservation goal, we need to think about saving water indoors! Now, we don’t want you to not use water, but we do need you to be mindful of how you use water. So, we’re launching the 7-Gallon Challenge! If every household uses 7 less gallons a day at home, together we can save 157 million gallons of water. This year! So, household, apartment, and condo dwellers – ready, set, save!

Did you know by letting the water run while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing dishes you can waste 2 to 4 gallons a minute?  That adds up to thousands of gallons a year wasted.  Follow these simple steps at home and you can easily save water:

  • Repair leaking pipes and faucets
  • Only run the dishwasher when its full
  • Set the washing machine for the appropriate load level
  • Don’t run the water while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your hands
  • Store a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for drinking so you won’t have to let the faucet run to get cold water
  • Don’t use the toilet as a trash can 

For example, if you brush your teeth twice a day, for three minutes and leave the water running, you use 6 to 9 gallons of water. If you turn off the tap while you brush, you use less than a gallon. You can save 8 gallons. Challenge met!