Our client who built a 1,500 square foot custom home a few years ago shared the water consumption from their entire property and declared “We should be in the News”.
This includes 3 “households” The owner with a husband, wife, two daughters and god. And two income units.
Collectively, the 8+ residents on this property (excluding the occasional trips, including the occasional visitors and let’s not forget the furry friends) consume under a whopping 30 gallons/person/day (and some of us work from home too).
The average single-family home in the East Bay Municipal Utility District used 135 gallons of water per person per day last year, but Oakland resident Elizabe…
East Bay Municipal Utilities District claims 55 gallongs/person/day without outside uses.
Rancho Santa Fe, in San Diego County claims 584.4 gallons/person/day
San Francisco claims 45.7 gallons/person/day
Los Angeles claims 92.8 gallons/person/day
The owner’s household used the following measures to reduce consumption. We can only assume the two tenants in the other units are a bit less careful.
1) We have updated to the almost most efficient fixtures.
2) We take short showers.
3) We have a tankless water heater (which is actually a disadvantage for long, non-circuit hot water loops [there’s a fix for that we haven’t done].
4) We collect the “waiting for hot water” by using in the toilet tank, or for kitchen rinsing
5) We recycle our kitchen rinsate (sort of the “yellow/mellow, brown/flush down” approach – rinse veggies-fruit, use rinsate for dishes/pots and soaking/brushing solids off before washing ( it does get disgusting though)
6) We “mellow” the bowl before flushing
7) Drought tolerant plants – 2x a week max
8) The other units all use low flow fixtures.