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Interesting water facts

There are around 45 million toilets in UK homes – this equates to flushing an estimated 2 billion litres of water every day! or about 30% of total water used in the household.

The kitchen tap and dishwasher account for around 8-14% of water used in the home.

Amount of water used to produce everyday food, drink and clothes

Below are just some of the everyday items we consume and how much water they use during production:

  • A slice of white bread – 40 litres
  • 1 pint of milk – 600 litres
  • A burger – 2,400 litres
  • 1kg of cheese – 5,000 litres
  • A cotton shirt – 2,700 litres
  • A newspaper –  5 to 10 litres
  • A pair of jeans – 8,000 litres​ ​

Slice of white bread uses 40 litres of water during production.

Amount of water​ used in everyday activities

Below shows the amounts of water used in some everyday activities:

  • Running the tap – 8 to 12 litres per minute
  • Washing up in the sink – 6 to 8 litres
  • Washing hands and face – 3 to 9 litres
  • Taking a normal shower – 6 to 12 litres per minute
  • Taking a power shower – 13 to 22 litres per minute
  • Flushing the toilet – 6 to 12 litres
  • Running a modern dishwasher – 15 litres per cycle
  • Running a modern washing machine – 60 to 80 litres per programme
  • Having a bath –  75 to 90 litres
  • Using a hosepipe – 550 to 1,000 litres per hour
  • Making food and drink – 6 to 10 litres
  • To make a car – 175,000 litres
  • Wooden plank – 24.5 litres
  • To make a barrel of beer (145 litres or 256 pints)) – 6800 litres
  • Regular Latte – 240 litres (includes sugar, distribution, plastic lid, sleeve and the cup itself
  • 4.5 litres of paint – 59 litres
  • Individual bottles water – 8.5 litres (mainly to make the plastic bottle) – CRAZY
  • One ton of steel – 280,000 litres
  • One ton of cement – 6,200 litres
  • 0.45kg wool – 450 litres
  • 0.45kg cotton – 450 litres
  • 0.45kg plastic – 110 litres
  • Synthetic Rubber – 250 litres

A bath uses 75-90 litres of water.

A burger uses 2,400 litres of water during production.

A pair of jeans uses 8,000 litres of water during production.

One car uses 175,000 litres of water during production.