What is the water flow rate to most fixtures in my house?

Drinking Water and Human Health March 23, 2010 Print Friendly and PDF
A toilet will normally use about 2-3 gallons per minute (gpm), a shower from 1.5 to 3.0 gpm, a bathroom or kitchen faucet from 2-3 gpm, a dishwasher from 2-4 gpm, and a washing machine from 3-5 gpm. When you start running more than one fixture (sink/dishwasher/toilet/etc.) at a time, the gallons per minute add up quickly. If you have a water softener or a special water treatment unit that restricts flow, you may see a pressure drop when several fixtures are operating at once.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.