Water Footprint Calculator
Welcome to GRACE’s Water Footprint Calculator (WFC) which features a brief set of questions that will get you thinking about how much water you and your household use and how water connects to almost every aspect of your life. The WFC will help you explore how you use water, estimate your household’s water footprint and learn ways to conserve.
- To get started, Click Enter on the right side.
- Answer each question. (Click the Previous button at any time to go back and review or change your answers.)
- Click the Learn More button for information and tips for each question.
- If you leave the WFC, you can return without having to re-enter your answers.
How to use the Calculator
NOTE: Your results are an estimate of your water footprint and are calculated from national averages of water use associated with such fixtures and devices as shower heads, dishwashers, washing machines, etc. We have accounted for some of the major water-using activities in which you might engage. However, your results will vary based on the number of people in your household, the flow rates of water fixtures in your house, your diet, energy use and, to some extent, your routines, purchases and behaviors. Depending on these factors mentioned above, your results may differ greatly from a baseline result. As such, your calculation should not be taken as an exact measurement but, instead, as a snapshot of how your choices and habits are interconnected with our complex use of water resources.
SOURCES BEHIND THE WFC: The WFC uses data from the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several other sources to calculate an individual’s water footprint.