Current Statistics

  • In the USA, 757 billion gallons of water have been saved due to WaterSense rated, High Efficiency Toilets (HETs) since 2006
  • $14.2 billion dollars of consumer savings in water and energy bills due to WaterSense products
  • The average family of four could save at least 16,000 gallons of water a year and more than $100 in water bills by updating to a 1.6 gpf model toilet; 1.28 gpf rated toilets would save an additional 650 gallons per year
  • If we did not change from 3.5 gallon toilets in 1992 we would be using 437 billion more gallons of water per year
  • EPA estimates that if every household in the US converted to WaterSense products, our nation could save 3 trillion gallons of water and over $17 billion dollars annually.
  • In 2013, the USA achieved a water savings of over 90,000 gallons per minute with new High Efficiency Toilets (HET)

Water Efficiency

  • 34% of lower 48 states in a state of severe or moderate drought conditions
  • 200% increase in U.S. water usage between 1950 and 2000
  • 400 gallons of water a day equals the average amount used by a family of four in the USA, equivalent to double the average amount in Europe
  • $500/year equal to the amount each US household spends on water and sewer bills; $170/year The average savings each household could achieve with simple changes to their plumbing fixtures and habits
  • 10% equal to the number of households that have plumbing leaks that waste 90 gallons or more, per day, of water
  • $6 billion/year, 1 trillion gallons equal to the estimated amount wasted each year, in dollars and water, due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other leaks in the US; equivalent to the annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami combined
  • $18 billion/year, 3 trillion gallons equal the estimated savings if all U.S. households installed water-efficient fixtures

Health and Safety

  • 884 million people in the world, approximately 1 in 8, do not have access to safe water
  • 2.5 billion people across the globe lack access to adequate sanitation services
  • 1.4 million children die every year, 1 child every 20 seconds, from diarrhea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation
  • 443 million school days are lost each year to water-related diseases
  • 47% of diarrhea incidents can be reduced by hand-washing with soap at critical times
  • 87% say they washed their hands after using public lavatories
  • 77% actually wash their hands after using a public restroom
  • 54% say they “wash their hands no more or less frequently” in a public restroom as a result of the H1N1 virus
  • 46% say they wash their hands for 15 seconds or less
  • 15-20 seconds equals the amount of time recommended for hand-washing with soap and water
  • 48 hours equals the lifespan of flu viruses on hard, nonporous surfaces
  • 200% the average increase in life expectancy at birth since the introduction of modern, indoor plumbing