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Reduce water use and lower your bill

Clean water is vital to life. The average person uses 50 gallons of water a day. In Nashville, our water comes from the Cumberland River.

Do you know how often you turn me on?

Where does the water go?

Below is a list of common water uses and the average amount used for each.

Common Water Uses and Amount Used Per Each
Action Water Used
Toilet Flush 3 to 7 Gallons
Shower 25 to 50 Gallons
Hand Washing 2 Gallons (with tap running)
Brushing Teeth 2 Gallons (with tap running)
Outdoor Watering 5 to 10 Gallons per Minute
Automatic Dishwashing 10 Gallons
Dishwashing By Hand 20 Gallons
Tub Bath 36 Gallons

Make wise water use choices

  • Take a 5-minute shower instead of a tub bath.
  • Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth.
  • Wash a full load of dishes in the dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand.
  • Use a rain barrel to collect water for use on outdoor plants.