hot tub water usage comparisons

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on how water usage in a hot tub compares to some other major fixtures. While some may be under the assumption that hot tubs waste water, this actually isn’t true at all when you compare them to many of these other items.

At Dolphin Pools & Spas, we’re happy to provide Bullfrog Spas as one of their licensed dealers in Salt Lake City, offering the very best and most economical spa products available on the market. Today’s part two of our series will go over a few other common uses of water in the house, showing how they all use greater sums of water than your hot tub.

Flushing the Toilet

A single flush can use anywhere from 2.6 gallons to well over 12 gallons of water depending on the model of toilet in your home and the water pressure. Even though this is one of the smallest fixtures in your home, it uses a lot of water when you consider that fact that these flushes occur multiple times per day. Using just four toilet flushes per day in your home can use over 17,000 gallons of water per year.

To help put this in perspective, as we noted in part one, a standard hot tub uses between 250 and 350 gallons of water, and this water only needs to be changed once every 4-6 months. Even without breaking out your calculator, you can see how much less water is used in the hot tub than in daily use of your toilet.

Running the Dishwasher

Dishwashers tend to use between 4 and 14 gallons of water per cycle, depending on how full they are. Using the highest estimate, running your dishwasher every day will use over 1,000 gallons more water than the same amount used by one hot tub.

Not only does the dishwasher use more water, but it uses soapy water that needs to be disposed of properly as well. With the hot tub, however, all of this waste water from your body stays in the spa and gets filtered for reuse rather than being dumped.

Drip Irrigation System

Although it is often overlooked, a drip irrigation system can use as much as 160 gallons per day if left running constantly. If you consider the fact that this same amount of water used for a hot tub will last 4-6 months with proper filtering and treatment, then you see why these systems are more expensive to operate when all things are considered.

For more on the water usage created by hot tubs and how this compares to other water fixtures in your home, or to learn about any of our spas or swimming pool solutions in Salt Lake City, speak to the staff at Dolphin Pools & Spas today.