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Down the Drain: Home Water Conservation Quiz

How much water are you washing away? Take our quiz to find out.
By Natural Home Staff
July/August 2004
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1. How much water is saved with a low-flow showerhead?
a) 1 gallon per minute
b) 4 gallons per minute
c) 6 gallons per minute

2. How much water can a leaky toilet waste?
a) 80 gallons per day
b) 1,000 gallons per day
c) 4,000 gallons per day

3. True or false? Filling the tub half full for a bath saves up to 40 gallons of water.

4. Newer model faucets (or those with a flow restrictor) save how much water?
a) 2 gallons per day
b) .5 gallons per minute
c) 2 to 5 gallons per use

5. Which is a good way to save water?
a) Use shower and sink water on indoor plants or gardens.
b) Use the garbage disposal less often.
c) Run only full loads of dishes in the dishwasher.
d) All of the above.


1. (b) 4 gallons per minute. Normal showers spew 2 to 10 gallons of water per minute. A low-flow showerhead can cut water use by about half. To remind yourself to take shorter showers, set a timer for a maximum of five minutes.

2. (c) 4,000 gallons per day. Huge amounts of water are wasted depending on toilet leak severity. Add food coloring to your tank to check for leaks; if color shows up in the bowl, call the plumber.

3. (True). Tub water capacity ranges from 41 to 82 gallons, so water savings depend on tub size.

4. (c) 2 to 5 gallons per use. Faucets manufactured before 1980 use 5 to 7 gallons of water per minute. Newer models or faucets with a flow restrictor use just 2 to 3 gallons per minute.

5. (d) All these measures will help you conserve precious resources.


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