Household water use varies enormously depending on the number of people in a house and their personal needs. On average;

  • A person uses 142 litres per day.
  • Metered customers uses 126 litres per person, per day.
  • Unmetered customers uses 166 litres per person, per day.
  • 112 litres per property are lost through leakage every day.

Shower

  • Power shower: 13 litres is used per minute.
  • Mixer shower: 8 litres is used per minute.
  • Electric shower: 5 litres is used per minute.

Bath

  • A full bath uses 80 litres.

Toilet

  • 5 litres per flush using a modern cistern.
  • 9 litres per flush for older toilets.

Washing Machine

  • 50 litres per cycle.

Dishwasher

  • 14 litres per cycle for a modern dishwasher.
  • 10 litres per cycle on eco-setting.

Washing your hands

  • 6 litres per minute is used with a running tap.
  • 8 litres per bowl wash.

Car wash

  • 250 litres per hose pipe use.
  • 30 litres per bucket wash.

The above information is taken from our latest resilience report (pdf) and Discover Water.

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