How does this calculator work?
For every drop of water used in the home, there is a water and sewer
fee associated with the water used. Those fees are highly variable from
community to community. This calculator allows the user to select their
water utility from over 400 water providers in Wisconsin to calculate
cost of showering and toilet flushing. It also estimates energy
associated with hot water for showering by using median gas/electric
costs from providers throughout the state. It simply determines the
volume of water used by asking some simple questions (such as number of
people in the household, flow rate, shower length, etc.). Once the
volumetric water use is determined the water/sewer rates can be applied
to determine actual costs for these activities. Here is some estimates
of how much you could save:
This resource will be periodically updated to reflect current
pricing. Some of the calculations used to develop this calculator can
be found in the educational activity below.
Water Efficiency Activity for Kids
The following activity is a unit conversion activity designed for
MS/HS students to determine how much it costs for them to take a shower
in the morning and how much they could save over the course of the year
by installing a more efficient showerhead. It uses the same
calculations as are in the calculator above.
If you have questions regarding any of the information on this page, please contact Kevin Masarik