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Shower head water usage and cost

If you suspect that your shower head uses too much water, probably it does.

It is rather easy to find out the water flow of a shower head and get to know if it is wasting or conserving water.

How much water does a shower head use

The shower head water usage will depend on diverse factors like:

> The water pressure at home

> The type of shower head

> How well are maintained the shower head and the pipes

Instead of providing a random number, we would advice to measure the water flow to find out the exact water usage of your shower head.

For example, we measured a shower head water flow and found out that it was using 11 liters per minute.

That is far too much water.

Therefore, we decided to install a flow reduction valve which decreased the water usage to 7 liters per minute.

Water flow regulation valve

Before moving ahead, and because one image is worth a thousand words, we recommend to watch this YouTube video where we explain how to read a water meter.

How to read a water meter

Shower head water calculator

The calculator below can be used to estimate the shower head water flow, the water usage and cost over a period of time.

You just need to adjust the values in the PARAMETERS section to your requirements and the calculator will automatically display the RESULTS section.


To use the calculator you need to know how much you are paying for cubic meter, gallon or any other water measurement unit that it is used in your country.

If you don’t have this information, have a look to the information we provide below.

How much does water cost

On your contract or water bill you should be able to find how much you are paying per every cubic meter or every gallon of water you use.

The water cost will depend on what country or city you live.

According to this water prizes survey article, the areas with the most expensive water are North America and Western Europe. While areas like South Asia, Middle East and North Africa have the cheapest water. 

On to this other european cities water prize article, it can be appreciated the big prize difference between countries in Europe. From Italy with the cheapest water cost and 0.40 euro per cubic meter to Norway with the most expensive water at 5.51 euro per liter.

Liters to US gallons calculator

We know that not everyone uses liters so if you are from the US you can use this calculator to convert liters to US gallons.


Liters to UK gallons calculator

Equally, if you are from the UK you can use this calculator to convert liters to UK gallons.


Water usage calculators

A few other examples from our ‘Water usage and water cost calculators‘ page that may be of your interest:

How to use less water at home

We have a page dedicated to explain how to save water at home.

As an example, see below a few examples and videos on how to use less water at home and save money.

How to install a water saving tap aerator

You may want also to have a look this YouTube video where we explain how much water does a tap aerator save and how to install a water saving tap aerator.

Water saving tap aerator

How much water does a dishwasher save

Additionally, you may want to have a look the the post where we review what is more efficient, washing the dishes by hand or using the dishwasher.

Dishwasher electricity and water usage

Proven ways to save water at home

If you are looking for ideas to save water at home, have a look to this YouTube video were we show some useful tips to reduce the water usage at home and decrease the water bill. 

Proven ways to save water at home

Shower head water usage FAQ

How much water does the average shower head use

An average shower head uses around 9 liters of water per minute.

How much hot water does a shower head use

It depends on the temperature of the hot water and your own preferences.

If you would like to know how much hot water you are using every time that you are having a shower, you should the the following:

> Make sure that nothing else is using water at home

> Take note of the water counter from you water meters, from both hot and cold water meters

> Have your shower

> Take again note of the water counter from you water meters

> Substract the new values from the values you took before taking the shower

> Now you know how much hot and cold water you have used for having a shower.

How much water does a 5 min shower use

It depends on many factors, like the water pressure or they type of shower head.

Above we have described the way to find out both the cold and hot water usage while having a shower.

You just need to add both the cold and hot water usage to find out how much water you are using for a 5 min shower usage.

How many gallons of water does a shower head use per minute

It depends on the shower head.

Around 1.5 gallons for an eco shower head to around 2.5 gallons for a standard shower head.

Shower heads and the importance of water conservation

Water conservation can be defined as the decision and the act of using less water 

Water conservation both benefit you and the environment 

The act of saving and conserving water does benefit you because you will be paying less on your water bills. 

And it also does benefit the environment because conserving water prevents any unnecessary waste of natural resources.

Now, at individual level it may not look worth to try to save a few litres or gallons here or there. 

Still, every little counts and if hundreds or thousands of us do save a little every time, it will make an important contribution towards conserving our natural resources.

Water conservation calculator

If we could reduce our shower heads water usage, even a very small amount, it would make a big impact on preserving our natural resources.


For example, if 9000 households would manage to save as little as 5 liters of water per day:

> Collectively, we would be saving over 16,000,000 liters of water per year!

> Collectively, assuming a cost of 2 euro per cubic meter of water, we would be saving nearly 33,000 euro per year!

It is clear that small water savings do really count when looking into the bigger picture.
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