How much water do you use?
On average, a Markham resident uses 189 litres of water per day, (that’s enough to fill a bath tub with!) while residents in countries with similar lifestyles, like Austria (135 litres) and Germany (122 litres), use much less.
Population growth in our region means increased pressure on our water resources and infrastructure. York Region has adopted a goal of 150 litres per person, per day for residential water use. With careful planning and use of water efficient appliances, we can achieve this goal. See York Region’s Water for Tomorrow website for more information on our regional water conservation plan.
Small adjustments in your home and habits can result in water savings. People across the country are using less water simply by fixing leaks, installing efficient appliances and fixtures and creating water efficient landscapes around their homes. York Region’s publication Water Efficiency: An At Home Guide offers many ways to become more water efficient.
What's Using All That Water?
Chart below shown a typical breakdown of the end water use inside the average household. This may differ depending on your unique household features. However, the most water used in any home is in the washroom! Want water saving tips?
Home Water Calculator
You can also use the Water Calculator from Alliance for Water Efficiency to better understand your home water use, and where you could be saving.
Be Water Wise - Know How Much Water You Use
|Typical automatic sprinkler system
||Average 37 litres per minute
|Toilet – 1 flush
||About 6-13 litres
|Swimming pool – 5 by 9 metres
||About 50,000 litres
|Shower – 5 minutes
||Average 53 litres
|Car wash in the driveway
||About 440 litres
||30 litres per load
|Clothes washer – older top loading
||About 150 litres
|Average Markham family of 4
||Between 5,000 and 7,000 litres of water per week