Americans continuing strong water-conversation efforts
Low-flox fixtures have contributed greatly to America's water conservation efforts. iStockphoto.com/iulolo
Scores of Americans have focused on water conservation the last several years as parts of the country were stricken with extreme drought.
Though water supplies largely have been replenished, the effort to reduce usage has persisted, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report.
In per capita terms, domestic water use plummeted from 112 gallons per day in 1980 to just 82 gallons in 2015, a 27 percent decrease. The Washington Post equated the savings among Americans today to filling 30 gallon-sized milk jugs every day.
Domestic water use, according to the USGS, includes all uses of water within a home – taking baths, washing clothes, cooking and filling swimming pools.
The agency attributes the spike in conservation to federal policies that restricted home use through the development and implementation of low-flow, more efficient fixtures and appliances.
Irrigation on farmland accounted for 37 percent of the total water usage. Domestic use represented just 1 percent.