Five Surprising Water Facts By: Sarah Bernheim In some areas of the world, water conservation is vitally important. It can mean the difference between success and failure for farmers and businesses. It can also be the difference between life and death for residents. One place this is certainly the case is the municipal water districts of California. To help improve water education, below are several water facts every resident of California water districts should be aware of. 1. Bathing is the Number One Household Use of Water Some people may assume that drinking water constitutes the highest use of water in households across the world. This is simply not the case. Instead, bathing and showering use far more water. In fact, it is nearly one third of all water used in an average household. For this reason, cutting down on the amount of water used for bathing can greatly cut down on a household's water consumption. 2. Milk Takes a Lot of Water to Create Many California residents are not as aware as they should be of just how important a constant supply of water is to farming. While people may be more aware of the relationship between water and growing crops, all forms of food produced from livestock are also extremely dependent on water. For example, for a dairy cow to produce a single gallon of milk, it must first drink four gallons of water. 3. Automatic Dish Washers Are Very Efficient Many people may assume that an automatic dish washer must use a very large amount of water to clean a household's dishes. They may also assume that washing by hand will conserve more water. This is not the case. The average automatic dish washer uses about 10 gallons of water to clean a load of dishes. However, washing these same dishes by hand would require 20 gallons. Using an automatic dish washer actually cuts the water consumption used to clean dishes in half. 4. Rarely Do People Correctly Water Their Plants Most people assume they have to water their plants such as trees and grass everyday with lots of water for them to be healthy. This is incorrect. The correct way to water most kinds of plants is to water them heavily but with far less frequency. This will result in plants with healthier roots and less water being used overall. 5. One of the Greatest Threats to Water Conservation Is a Leaky Faucet A leaky faucet can waste a humongous amount of water daily. In some cases, this can be as much as 100 gallons in a single day. If all the leaky faucets in a town or city were fixed, the amount of water that would be saved would certainly make a great difference.