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The Growing Global Water Footprint

THE GRO WING GLOBAL WATER FOOTPRINT WATER FOOTPRINT The amount of fresh water used to produce the goods and services we consume including: GROWING HARVESTING PACKAGING SHIPPING The average Freshwater consumption American lifestyle requires about worldwide has more than doubled since World War I| and is expected to rise another 2,000 GALLONS of water every day. 500 500 500 500 25% by 2030. That's twice the global average. The global water footprint for all humans from 1996-2005 was 9087 BILLION cubic meters of water each year our Agricultural production contributes to 92% of this total footprint. KM3 ASSESSMENT FORECAST 3200 AGRICULTURAL 2800 2400 EVOLUTION OF GLOBAL WATER USE 2000 1600 1200 800 - 400 - 1900 1925 1950 1975 2000 2025 KM3 ASSESSMENT FORECAST ASSESSMENT FORECAST 2000 1600 - DOMESTIC INDUSTRIAL 1200 - 800 - 400 - 1900 1925 1950 1975 2000 2025 1900 1925 1950 1975 2000 2025 WITHDRAWAL CONSUMPTION WASTE Domestic water consumption in developed countries is about 6 TIMES greater than in developing countries. The demand for water among industry and agriculture is increasing significantly due to population growth and economic development. WATERFORFOOD NEARLY 95% OF OUR WATER FOOTPRINT IS HIDDEN IN THE FOOD WE EAT 1 pound of lettuce 15 GALLONS 1 pound of mangoes 190 GALLONS 1 pound of avocadoes 220 GALLONS 1 pound of rice 1 pound of olives 522 GALLONS 1 pound of tofu 244 GALLONS 403 GALLONS 1 pound of pork 1,630 GALLONS 1 pound of butter 2,044 GALLONS 1 pound of chocolate 2,847 GALLONS 1 pound of beef 2,500- 5,000 GALLONS 1 slice of bread 10 GALLONS 1 glass of been 20 GALLONS WATERFORINDUSTRY WE NEED WATER NOT ONLY TO GROW THE FOOD WE EAT, BUT TO PRODUCE THE GOODS WE USE 4 new rubber tires 1 barrel of crude oil 1,849 GALLONS 1 ton of cement 1,224 GALLONS 2,074 GALLONS 2 pounds of cotton 221 GALLONS 0.25 gallons of paint 50 GALLONS 2 pounds of synthetic rubber 121 GALLONS WATERWEUSE AT H OME 30% of daily household water consumption spent FLUSHING THE TOILET 20% Laundry 30% Showers & Baths 10% Kitchen & 5% Drinking Cleaning 10-minute 5-minute 1 toilet flush shower shaving with the faucet on 1.6 TO 7 40-50 GALLONS GALLONS Standard toilets use 1.6 gallons; older toilets use GALLONS 3.5-7 gallons .... ..... HOW TO REDUCE YOUR WATER FOOTPRINT IN THE BATHROOM Replace older toilets with a WaterSense-labeled Consider buying a dual-flush toilet It has two flush options: a half flush for liquid waste and a full flush toilet and check for leaks They use 1.28 gallons per flush or less. A running toilet can waste about 200 gallons every day. for solid waste. MINS 5 OR LESS Shorten your shower to 5 minutes or less Replace showerheads with WaterSense-labeled models Replacing just one showerhead can save the average family 2,900 gallons and $70 in utility bills. It'll save up to 1,000 gallons per month. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving It can save more than 200 gallons per person per month. Check showerheads and faucets for leaks One drip every second adds up to 5 gallons per day. IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM Switch to a high-efficiency washing machine Traditional models use between 27 and 54 gallons per load. Energy conserving models use less than 27 gallons. Wash dark clothes in cold water To save water and energy and retain color. Have a plumber re-route greywater to trees and plants rather than the sewer line Check with your city and county for codes first. IN THE KITCHEN Turn off the tap while scrubbing dishes Washing with an open tap can use up to 20 gallons but filling the sink or a bowl and turning off the water saves 10 gallons. Use a dishwasher instead of hand washing But make sure to fill the entire dishwasher before running to save up to 1,000 gallons per month. If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean better than older ones. Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator to save time and water Use the garbage disposal sparingly Instead, compost food waste. Designate one glass for drinking water each day to cut down on the number of glasses to wash. Defrost food in the refrigerator Rather than use Collect the water you use to rinse fruit and vegetables Then use it to water house plants. running water to thaw it. OUTDOORS Use porous material for walkways and patios To prevent wasteful runoff and keep water in your yard. Use a layer of organic mulch on planting beds To minimize weed growth that competes for water. Group plants with the same water needs together To avoid overwatering some and underwatering others. Plant species native to your region and plant in the spring and fall When the watering requirements are lower. Aerate your lawn periodically Holes allow water to reach Use a rain barrel To harvest rainwater from the roots rather than gutters for watering gardens and landscapes. run off the surface. Use recirculating pumps For swimming pools, fountains, and ponds. WATER SCARCITY AFFECTS EVERY CONTINENT AND APPROXIMATELY 2.8 BILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD FOR AT LEAST ONE MONTH OUT OF EVERY YEAR. WHETHER YOU MAKE SMALL OR BIG CHANGES, ALL EFFORTS TO CONSERVE THIS PRECIOUS RESOURCE MATTER. CEOWATERMANDATE.ORG • ENVIRONMENT.NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM • EPA.GOV FIREFLYBOOKS.COM • WATERFOOTPRINT.ORG • WATERUSEITWISELY.COM BROUGHT TO YOU BY: IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: CUSTOM (E) MADE GHERGICH&Co.

The Growing Global Water Footprint

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When it comes to environmental causes, water conservation is always at the top. Water is a resource we can’t afford to waste. has created an infographic entitled "The Growing Global W...


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