Water Footprint Calculator

Find out how much water you use,
learn how to reduce you water footprint.

Why Save Water?

We take our water for granted, and it’s a part of a problem. Here are quick facts about water use in an average US household:

0 gallons of water

Needed to grow daily amount of food for a family of four.

0 gallons of water

Are wasted per year from a leaky faucet, that drips at a rate of one drop per second.

0 gallons of water

Are used by an average person, per day.

0 gallons of water

Can be taken if that one faucet was fixed.

What Can I Do?

It’s very simple: just save.

Common (and cheap) ways are:

  • Limit your shower time
  • Run washer / dishwasher only when fully loaded
  • Fix leaky faucets as soon as you find out
  • Teach kids to turn faucets off after use
  • Limit your shower time
  • Run washer / dishwasher only when fully loaded
  • Fix leaky faucets as soon as you find out
  • Teach kids to turn faucets off after use

These are just basic tips, and there are countless more. It just takes a bit of creativity and desire to stop wasting water.

NOTE: Your results are an estimate of your water footprint and are calculated from national averages of water use associated with such fixtures and devices as shower heads, dishwashers, washing machines, etc. We have accounted for some of the major water-using activities in which you might engage. 

However, your results will vary based on the number of people in your household, the flow rates of water fixtures in your house, your diet, energy use and, to some extent, your routines, purchases and behaviors. Depending on these factors mentioned above, your results may differ greatly from a baseline result. 

As such, your calculation should not be taken as an exact measurement but, instead, as a snapshot of how your choices and habits are interconnected with our complex use of water resources.

SOURCES: The water footprint calculator uses data from the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several other sources to calculate an individual’s water footprint.