Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, December 29, 2017

The average American is using a lot less water on a daily basis. Six gallons less, to be exact. The US Geological Survey's National Water Use Science Project has estimated water use in the United States every five years since 1950. In its most recent estimate published this fall, the USGS found that American daily water use per capita went from 88 gallons in 2010 to 82 gallons per capita in 2015. ... With growing populations and changing climates, fresh water is becoming increasingly valuable, says Edward Osann, a senior policy analyst and water efficiency project director at the National Resources Defense Council. "One of the effects of climate change is we are seeing more extremes: more substantial droughts, followed by substantial floods," says Osann. "If we can sustain ourselves while using less fresh water, we will be more resilient while going into these fluctuations in the hydrologic cycle of the future."

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Do they count the gazillion gallons that Nestle, Coke and Pepsi sell people?

#1 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-12-29 06:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I have trouble consuming 8 glasses a day. No way I could consume 88 gallons.

#2 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-12-29 06:48 PM | Reply

They don't mean drinking it all, silly.

Most people take showers and flush toilets and stuff like that in the course of a day.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-12-29 06:57 PM | Reply

Americans Are Using a Lot Less Water

Not surprised -- only 71% of Americans can locate the Pacific Ocean on a map.

#4 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-12-29 07:11 PM | Reply

#4

The other 29 percent are Trump voters.

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-29 07:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Some of them are Ambassadors.

#6 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-12-29 08:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Derp.

#7 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-12-29 10:30 PM | Reply

Using less or buying more?

#8 | Posted by Lohocla at 2017-12-30 05:58 AM | Reply

We are well below average based on our water bill. I remember freaking out one time when it was 190 bucks. I sat and did the math and with as many people in the house as there were it worked out to 72 gallons a day.

Still the bill was way too high and I have since started riding people about long showers, letting the water run etc. and our bill has dropped 40 bucks a month. I haven't done the math but I suspect we are down to about 60-65 per person.

#9 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-12-30 06:34 AM | Reply

I've given up bathing because I love America.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-30 12:27 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Well...ever since Lord Damp Nut has instilled the new travel bans there is less unwashed masses and more washed up asses.

#11 | Posted by ghoti at 2017-12-30 12:56 PM | Reply

#9 | POSTED BY TAOWARRIOR AT 2017-12-30 06:34 AM | FLAG: All I can say is WOW! I guess part of this is where one lives as for a household of just us two we average about a 19 dollars a month.

#12 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-12-30 01:12 PM | Reply

MSGT

Part of the issue is tiered pricing.

So the first 2992 gallons only cost .34 cents per gallon from 2992-7480 gallons costs .57 cents per gallon anything over 7480 costs .75 cents per gallon.

With 7 people at 60 gallons a person per day you are at 12600 so quite a few gallons at that highest tier. Where as you and your housemate at the same rate is 3600. Which with the base charge plus fees would work out to 19.78 here. So it's not much more expensive but economies of scale end up failing with water usage due to tiered pricing.

We probably couldn't get to 60 per person if we didn't do all cooking etc. in bulk. but with so many people we get killed as we move up tiers. Heck we use more water at the .75 cent tier than you probably do total.

I've given up bathing because I love America.

Try a navy shower it will keep you from becoming a bio-hazard while still saving a ton of water :-P

#13 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-12-31 08:07 AM | Reply

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