|Water-wise “Hugelkulture” terraces planted with a Poluculture including Strawberries|
This year, members of our household used an average of 26.5 gallons of water per day each.
Just imagine emptying 25 gallon jugs of water, or transporting them from the store in the car!
And yet, several sources, including the EPA, tell me that the average American uses 100 gallons of water per day at home (including outdoor water use, like lawn/garden.) Ironically, Michigan, a relatively wet state with plentiful rain fall, is one of the heaviest water users per capita. Yet another proof of Jevon’s Paradox, that Michigan’s plentiful supply produces plentiful waste, and that a reduction in demand does not create a reduction in use.
So, for Americans, our baseline starting point is “ok.” Especially when you consider that we maintain a very large organic garden with that water use.
But it’s hard to imagine that 26 gallons a day is “good.” We could use a challenge… and a goal to set. I’m certain we’ll reduce our water use over this next year, but I would like to know what “good” actually is. Our current use puts us in line with averages in the UK, Germany or the Philippines.
Does anyone know of any homes that are beating us? Or projections of what our aquifer can sustain? What would be a “good” rate of water use?