Liquid gold, a tourists nightmare. Sorry tourists, us locals love a good all day rain. It fills our cisterns. You see most homes aren’t attached to town/city water. We have to hope it rains then our roof gutter system funnels the rain water down into cement holding tanks under our home. That water then gets pumped through the home.
I have two 10 thousand gallon cisterns so I love the rain. You’d be amazed at the amount of water the average person living in the states uses.
Typical water use at home
|Bath||A full tub is about 36 gallons.|
|Shower||2 gallons per minute. Old shower heads use as much as 5 gallons per minute.|
|Teeth brushing||<1 gallon, especially if water is turned off while brushing. Newer bath faucets use about 1 gallon per minute, whereas older models use over 2 gallons.|
|Hands/face washing||1 gallon|
|Face/leg shaving||1 gallon|
|Dishwasher||4 to 10 gallons/load, depending of efficiency of dishwasher|
|Dishwashing by hand:||20 gallons. Newer kitchen faucets use about 2.2 gallons per minutes, whereas older faucets use more.|
|Clothes washer||25 gallons/load for newer washers. Older models use about 40 gallons per load.|
|Toilet flush||3 gallons. Most all new toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush, but many older toilets used about 4 gallons.|
|Glasses of water drunk
|8 oz. per glass (did you remember to drink your 8 glasses of water today?)|
So as you can see water is precious to locals. There are many times when I have to buy water because we go through a dry spell. The cost for me is $380 for 5,500 gallons or roughly .07 cents per gallon or $1400 to fill my 20,000 gallon cisterns. Expensive.
Tourists of course come here for the sun. So it’s a trade off but for now let it rain!