Worldwide, more than 1.5 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. Yet in the developed world, we treat water as if it will never stop flowing. Between 20 minute showers, green grass lawns in the middle of the desert, and our seemingly unstoppable need to purchase bottled water, the average American uses 132 gallons of water per day for everything other than food creation.
The average American household uses 107,000 gallons per day. Compared to the over one billion who get by on less than 1.5 gallons a day, we have it easy. But that ease will cost us all in the long run. and that’s why it’s important for us to know just how much water we use, how much it water takes to make the products we consume each day, and what we can do to conserve it.
Worldwide agricultural needs account for 70% of water usage, and it takes about 800 gallons of water to produce enough food for one person for a single day. In comparison, our drinking water needs are just a small fraction of the amount we use to grow food. Add in all the non-edible consumables we use everyday and water usage figures skyrocket, leaving one to wonder just how we have any clean water left on earth at all. With a little research, I was able to find how much water it takes to make a random assortment of foods and goods, and I was shocked.
So how much water does it take to make everything? A lot. Do you see what I am getting at here? Every single thing we use, touch, consume, buy, eat, and throw away requires us to use billions of gallons of our most precious resource. This is why it is of the upmost importance to realize where we may be wasting water and what we can do to try to conserve it whenever possible. We all realize that water will be used to make the items we need, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take care to protect it when we can.
Water is vital to our survival, and it’s up to us to make sure we don’t abuse or waste it. Properly disposing of trash and chemicals, reducing our overall consumption, and working to ensure that the rest of the world has access to clean drinking water goes a long way towards keeping this important resource safe and secure for all of our needs.
Want to help provide clean water to billions around the globe without it? Check out these water-oriented charities:
Do your part and work to conserve water whenever possible.
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