WATER FOOTPRINT CALCULATOR
How Much Water Are You Really Using?
It’s one thing to know we should all conserve water - it’s another to see firsthand how much water we use on a daily, monthly, or yearly basis. Check out the Pelican Water Footprint Calculator to quickly see how your water usage stacks up against the rest of the country, and find out what you can do to waste less water.
This online tool utilizes national averages and assumptions grounded in data in order to determine approximate water usage. This tool will provide an estimate based on the information provided, but monitoring your actual water usage is the only way to achieve an accurate measurement.
[1 of 11]
How many people live in your home, including yourself?
[2 of 11]
How Many Minutes Do You Spend In The Shower?
Try to answer the following questions based on the average response in your household. For example, if you and your spouse take short showers but your children take longer showers, try to choose the average when all people are considered.
One of the most common ways Americans waste water is by taking longer showers than necessary. We know showers can be relaxing, but try to keep your shower around 5 minutes if possible. Play some music so you don’t lose track of time.
[3 of 11]
How Many Times Per Day Do You Flush the Toilet?
Depending on when your toilet was manufactured you could be using as much as 5 gallons per flush! One way to reduce water waste is to “let it mellow,” or skip flushing if there is only urine in the bowl. Some people aren’t open to this idea, but it’s a great way to cut down on water use.
[4 of 11]
How Many Minutes Do You Run Your Bathroom Faucets Every Day?
Running the faucet while washing your face or brushing your teeth can waste gallons of water per day. Turn off the faucet when water is not needed. Only allow water to run when rinsing after you have finished washing your hands or cleaning your teeth.
[5 of 11]
How Do You Wash Your Dishes?
These next questions apply to everyone in your home collectively, not individually.
WITH A DISHWASHER
USING A SINK
You may think that doing your dishes by hand is more efficient, but it actually wastes 10 gallons of water or more per load! Older dishwashers use between 10 to 15 gallons per wash, while newer Energy Star certified dishwashers use only 3 or 4 gallons of water. Not sure about your dishwasher? Look for the blue Energy Star label.
[6 of 11]
How Many Times Per Week Do You Wash a Load of Dishes?
Here’s a not-so-fun fact: if you try to save water by ordering take out, you have to factor in the water used to produce the plastic utensils. You’ll still be using gallons of water a day on utensils even if you don’t wash dishes! Disposable plastic utensils also contribute to unnecessary waste production.
[7 of 11]
Do You Own a Washing Machine?
Your clothes can’t get clean without plenty of water. Depending on the efficiency of your washing machine each wash will use between 20 and 50 gallons of water.
[8 of 11]
How Many Loads of Laundry Do You Wash Per Week?
You can save hundreds of dollars a year and countless gallons of water by using an Energy Star certified washing machine compared to a standard model. Energy Star certified washing machines use about 13 gallons of water per wash cycle, while standard washing machines can use 23 gallons or more. Not sure about your washing machine? Look for the blue Energy Star label.
[9 of 11]
How Many Times Per Week Do You Water Your Lawn or Garden?
Watering the lawn can be the greatest single source of water use for a property. More than 600 gallons of water are used to water a lawn measuring 1000 square feet! Consider installing drought resistant landscaping and switching to artificial grass.
[10 of 11]
Do You Wash Your Car(s) at Your Home?
Washing your car at home will use about 100 gallons of water just for a 10 minute wash! In order to reduce the amount of water wasted while you’re scrubbing your car consider installing an automatic shutoff nozzle on your hose so water isn’t flowing continuously in between rinses.
Want to see your results?
Submit your email address to see your water footprint!
See how you fair daily, as well as how much your household uses in a single month.
[11 of 11]
How Many Cars Do You Have?
One way to reduce your overall water use is to go to a self-service car wash, which will only use approximately 15 gallons of water per wash. Commercial car washes still use between 50 and 80 gallons of water per wash, so roll up your sleeves and do it yourself - just not at home!
Check out your results below.
Based on your answers, your water use is below the national average of 80-100 Gallons a person per day.
Proud of your results? Want others to realize how much water they use per day?
Share your water footprint calculator results on FACEBOOK or TWITTER.
Ready to start conserving water?
Read our helpful guides on reducing water use in every aspect of your life:
Water Footprint Calculator
Using information you provide about your daily household activities our Water Footprint Calculator estimates your overall water usage footprint. Our online tool utilizes national averages and assumptions grounded in data in order to determine approximate water usage for your household. This tool will provide an estimate based on the information provided, but monitoring your actual water usage is the only way to achieve an accurate measurement.
It is important to note that we sought the most up-to-date data, studies, and points of reference to build our calculator tool. However, water usage data is not frequently collected or measured on a national level. Your results should be viewed with this limitation in mind, and should only be viewed as a starting point instead of a definitive measurement. The calculator is simply a window into your water usage and provides supplemental guides to help you reduce your water footprint.
For the purposes of this calculator all measurements are returned in U.S units (gallons). This calculator does not return results in international units at this time.