Water Usage in Los Angeles
Back in July, Gov. Gavin Newsom called on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 15%. In Los Angeles, the usage actually increased by 1%. In fact, the State Water Resources Control Board surveyed 376 cities and water districts to find only 26, or 7%, met or exceeded the target of 15% reduction.
Healdsburg and Cloverdale located in Sonoma County cut back 54% and 37% respectively. The City of Chino located in San Bernardino County was the only SoCal city in the top 5, cutting back 36%. Colton, also located in San Bernardino County, hit the top 10 with a 24% reduction.
“This drought is very serious,” said Karla Nemeth, director of the California Department of Water Resources. “In particular, how quickly it has developed. So we need people to be paying attention and acting now.”
How much you’re using
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the average American uses 80 to 100 gallons of water each day. Studies show the average Angeleno uses approximately 78 gallons. Neighbors within Los Angeles County consume even more per day: Glendale (89 gallons), Burbank (111 gallons), and Beverly Hills (135 gallons).
To understand how every drop starts to add up to 78 gallons, consider the day of one male Los Angeles resident:
- Morning shower of 10 minutes = 50 gallons
- Shave = 1 gallon
- Brushing teeth = 1 gallon
- Four glasses of (8 ounces) of water = .25 gallon
- Flush toilet 4 times = 12 gallons
- Wash hands approximately 12 times = 12 gallons
These tasks alone add up to 76.25. Factor in water used for making coffee, tea, or cooking and there’s a total of 78 gallons.
But even more water is used when you add in a dishwasher full of dishes (6-16 gallons) and a load of laundry (25-40 gallons).
Have a pet? Add another .25 gallons for each animal.
Add a spouse (75 gallons) and two kids (150 gallons) and suddenly, there’s more than 300 gallons for a family of four without factoring in a car wash or watering the plants and lawn.
In this instance, to reduce that 15% that is requested, it’s necessary to save 45 gallons of water each day.