This week’s assignment is going to be a bit of a pain in the butt. However, it will serve to open your eyes a bit. I want you to keep track of all the water your family uses for the next several days. Drinking, cooking, washing dishes, laundry, bathing, even toilet flushing.
Get a notebook and use one page each day. If you aren’t sure of the capacities of your water using appliances, estimate 27 gallons per load of laundry and 5 gallons per load of dishes in the dishwasher.
Don’t do anything differently from your normal routines. Use water like you normally would, just keep track of it. I think you’ll be surprised at how much water your family uses on a daily basis without even thinking about it.
FEMA and other agencies recommend you store at least one gallon of water per person per day. Now granted, you won’t likely be using your dishwasher or washing machine during a crisis. But, that one gallon probably won’t get you very far once you see the results of the water usage tracking you’ll do this week. Use these results to plan accordingly for your needs.