# How Much Water Does An Average Person Use Each Day?

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An average person uses about 123 gallons (466 liters) of water daily. Some individual household activities and the amount of water they consume are listed below:

 Activity Water used Shower 15-30 gallons (57-114 liters) Brushing teeth (water running) 1-2 gallons (3.75-7.51 liters) Shaving (water running) 10-15 gallons (38-57 liters) Washing dishes by hand 20 gallons (75 liters) Washing dishes in dishwasher 9-12 gallons (34-45 liters) Flushing toilet 5-7 gallons (19-26 liters)

Sources: Famighetti, Robert, ed.The World Almanac Book of Facts 1995, p. 192; Gale Book of Averages, pp. 91-94.

How long, at the present rate of consumption, will current major energy reserves last, in the world and in the United States?

The best estimates indicate there will be enough oil to provide energy to the world for another 50 years. The current supply of natural gas, at gradually increased rates of consumption, will last almost 60 years. Coal supplies should last anywhere from a few hundred to one thousand years (only 2.5 percent of the world's coal has thus far been consumed).

Energy reserves in the United States are expected to last: 32.5 years for oil; 58.7 years for natural gas; and 226 years for coal. These estimates are based on 1986 production rates.

Sources: "Conservation of Natural Resources." Encyclopaedia Britannica CD 97; "Fossil Fuels." Encyclopaedia Britannica CD 97; Handy Science Answer Book, p. 153; Hoyle, Russ. Gale Environmental manac, p. 572.

dreammmy | (Level 1) eNoter

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70%

rasiamah | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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People can dring 8-9 onces of water but Amricans sadly can drink at least 4. :D

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