20 Gallon Challenge



The Governor of Utah, Gary Herbert, has come up with a new water initiative and goal to reduce per capita water use by 25% by the year 2025. This isn’t just in response to drought conditions but also to bring water use in line with the state’s actual needs. We need to challenge ourselves in reducing our indoor and outdoor water consumption. The 20-Gallon Challenge is going to educate the people in Kane County on how they can contribute to the governor’s goal by the year 2025. Whether you own your own home, you rent an apartment, or a business owner, saving water is a lot easier than you may think. All it takes is a few small changes to your daily routine and you can make a big difference in your monthly water bill. There are tips in the 20-Gallon Challenge that will be no cost and easy to do, low cost and some effort required, and then higher cost and more effort required.



Conservation Tip                                                                                                              Estimated Savings

No Cost – Easy to do

Run the dishwasher only when full                                                                                      2-4.5 gallons per load

Don’t leave water running when rinsing dishes                                                                   2.5 gallons per minute

Turn off water when brushing teeth                                                                                     2 gallons per minute

Shorten showers                                                                                                                  2.5 gallons per minute

Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket                                                                                  1.6 gallons per flush

Wash only full loads of clothes                                                                                            15-50 gallons per load

Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks                                     20 gallons per day

Don’t leave the hose running while washing your car (self closing nozzle)                         20 gallons per minute

Adjust your pressure reducer to keep pressure between 40 and 60 p.s.i.                          Varies

Water only before 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m. to reduce evaporation                                       20-25 gallons per day

Low cost – Some effort required

Fix leaky toilets                                                                                                                   30-50 gallons per day

Fix leaky faucets                                                                                                                15-20 gallons per day

Install aerators with flow restrictors on kitchen/bathroom faucets                                    4.7 gallons per day

Adjust sprinklers to prevent overspray and runoff                                                             15-25 gallons per day

Repair leaks and broken sprinkler heads                                                                           20 gallons per day

Add 2″ to 3″ of mulch around trees & plants to reduce evaporation                                 20-30 gallons per day

Repair and leaks around pool and spa pumps                                                                   20 gallons per day

Repair leaking hose bibs                                                                                                    15-20 gallons per day

Higher cost – Most effort required

Replace older, inefficient clothes washers                                                                         20-30 gallons per load

Replace older, high-volume flushing toilets                                                                       2.2-3.8 gallons per flush

Replace a portion of lawn with beautiful native Utah plants                                             33-60 gallons per day

Install water-efficient drip irrigation system for trees, shrubs, and flowers                       20-25 gallons per day

Install covers on pool and spas to reduce evaporation                                                    30 gallons per day

Install pressure reducer if your pressure is greater that 80 p.s.i.                                      Varies