Calculate Your Water Footprint
What natural resource is more precious that oil? Yep, water. Water is more precious than oil, especially in areas where there are no rivers or lakes and very low annual rainfall. According to Water.org 1 in 9 people do not have access to safe water.
In our new normal we are all asked to wash our hands for a minimum of 20 seconds to remove germs and contaminants. What if your home did not have access to running water?
Did you know that the average flow rate of a kitchen faucet is 2.2 gallons of water per minute? The average shower uses 17.2 gallons in 8.2 minutes. How long was you shower today?
What Do We Mean by Water Footprint?
Your water footprint is how much water you use each day. This includes drinking, cooking, the food you eat, making the clothes you wear, generating electricity to charge devices and more.
How is water connected to food, energy and items in your home? It takes water to grow crops or food and produce energy. It takes a lot of energy to treat and move water. It also takes a lot of water to manufacture household goods like plastic, textiles and metals.
How Do We Calculate Your Water Footprint?
To calculate Your Water Footprint visit WaterCalculator.org. for a fun quiz about Indoor Water, Outdoor Water and Virtual Water for driving, electricity, shopping, your use of bottles, cans & plastics. How long do you run the water brushing your teeth? Long showers or short? It’s all part of your Water Footprint. The good news is that we can decrease our footprint.
So Now What?
Let’s see how we all can take steps to conserve water. How can you and your family conserve water? Check out the tips below to change your water habits.