Sounds a little high to me, too. I think our
highest one month usage was 23,000 gallons, which
included a lot of irrigation. Usage between
irrigation seasons is normally around 4000
gallons. To be fair, usage varies greatly
throughout the nation.
I agree that an acre-foot seems hig for annual use for 4 people, but a
tenth of that for 5 comes to about 20 gallons a day per person. Good
for you and your family if yo achieve that, but average residential
use is closer to 100 gallons per person.
For every complicated, difficult problem, there is a simple, easy
solution that does not work.
That works up to 12,000 gal a month for a family of 4. WHEW! Not even, not
here. Ever. And that was with 3+gallon toilets back then. We might have
come close on the month we opened the pool each year. It usually took about
6000 to top it off each year.
"L" < email@example.comNoOnSePsAtMar.org> wrote in message
Baloney. What water utility measures *residential* water usage in acre-
feet?? Agricultural or industrial, perhaps. But residential? No way.
Baloney again. Do the math.
No, wait, here, I'll do it for you, since you're obviously "challenged"
in that area.
1 a-f = 326000 gallons (you did get that part right -- but that's all)
326000 gallons in a year = 892 gallons PER DAY
Now divide by 4 people...
223 gallons PER PERSON PER DAY.
Here in Las Vegas (desert climate) per capita usage is commonly stated to be
300 gallons per person per day. That is a water utility planning figure and
includes commercial usage and rather heavy residential irrigation usage. In
most areas of the country, 100 gpd is more common as I recall.
My in-house use measured at the water softener is about 100 gpd for two
people. In the summer my total usage goes up to 2500 gallons per day
including the water used to irrigate a large yard.
Some of these numbers have me scratching my head. Between September
23rd and January 2nd, our two-person household averaged 137 litres per
day; that's 18.2 gallons per person, per day.
We both shower every day, we do an average of two to three loads of
laundry each week, we run the dishwasher once every four to five days
and we flush toilets after use. Nothing, I assume, too far out of the
I realize our consumption falls below most households and twice the
water commission has sent someone out to verify that our meter is
working correctly (no problems found). Still, we would need to
increase our consumption six fold just to bring it up to what is said
to be the national average, and the only way we could do that would be
to leave both kitchen taps running.
On Tue, 23 Jan 2007 09:17:19 -0600, "Steve Barker"
Environmental cooling. A lawn with non-dormant
grass can easily be 10 degrees cooler than the
same surface baked into straw-covered tile.
IF water is cheap enough, this is a reasonable
response to a heat wave.
Las Vegas has been changing (getting more humid) due to all the water spread
around in the desert by people that want to bring lawns with them. Just
because you CAN do something does not mean it is a good idea.
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