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American Water USAge

I recently wrote about the eventuality of running out of water. This is not going to happen in my lifetime or probably the lifetime of anyone reading this. But this is the time when we have to start being aware of our water usage and think about delaying the time when conservation will be not be just a necessity, but a law.

Fresh water on our planet makes up only 3% of all water and only 1% is ready for human use. 1.4 billion people live in areas running out of water. Globally we consume 4 trillion cubic meters of fresh water per year.

The average American uses more than 100 to 300 gallons of water per day with 70% of that being used indoors. That is a pretty wide range for a guesstimate but more than anything, it points to the fact we may not really know how much water we are using. All told, we use about 457,000 gallons per person per year. As none of the water usage figures from many sites seem to agree, I really do not know accurately how much water the average American uses per day, however as a country we use more water than any other country in the world.

As you can see from the Lenntech graph, almost a third of our water usage in the United States is just from flushing the toilet.

This brief message is an attempt to let everyone know how finite our water supply is. We must begin thinking of how we can conserve water now so our children that follow us will have adequate water in their lives.

God bless America and God bless you all from the Maverick Doctor,

Rick R. Redalen, M.D.

Pick up a copy of my book “God’s Tiniest Angel and the Last Unicorn,” available on Amazon.

Dr. Rick is a retired American physician, entrepreneur and philanthropist who has done mission work around the country and around the world. He is now on a mission to improve healthcare in America. Visit or email him at

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