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.
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