We hear a lot of talk in the eco-friendly scene about carbon footprints but do you ever think about your water footprint? This is the measure of how much water you are using but you might be surprised to know that this doesn’t just count water from the toilets or tap. The majority of your water footprint is made up by the food you eat, products you buy and energy you consume.
National Geographic reports that, “The average American lifestyle is kept afloat by nearly 2,000 gallons of H2O a day-twice the global average.”
That is an amazing amount of water being used by each person. Do you think you’re consuming that much water in a day? If you had to guess how much you use, what would the number be?
First, think about the things you do that use water:
• Washing clothes
• Washing dishes
• Bathing/ showering
• Washing hands
Now think about some things that use water that you might not have realized:
• The foods we eat, especially meats
• Transportation, including flying
• The things we buy all take water to process and manufacture
Did you know that your diet counts for about 5% of your water footprint? Every drop counts and cutting back even one glass of milk a day or one pound less of hamburger your family uses in a week can reduce your water footprint.
Here are some other things you can do to conserve more water and reduce your water footprint and that of your whole household:
• Choose outdoor landscaping that suits your climate
• When taking a bath, put the stopper in while adjusting the water temperature so wasted water doesn’t go down the drain
• Buy less stuff- everything takes water to make
• When you get a new toilet, go for a low-flow, low-volume model
• Turn the faucet off when washing dishes or brushing your teeth
• Don’t use the dishwasher until you have a full load to run
• Use a water-efficient showerhead
These tips are just the beginning of the ways that you can reduce your water footprint. Most of these things, you won’t even miss. Turning off your shower even one minute earlier than you usually do will create a great savings of water over time. The little things add up and everything matters.
National Geographic has a water footprint calculator that you can use to determine your water footprint along with very useful tips to help you cut back on the water you use and waste on a daily basis. You can even pledge to start reducing your water footprint today.
National Geographic Water Footprint Calculator
Wateruseitwisely.com- 100 Ways to Conserve