Water is something we probably don't put much thought into. We turn on the tap or go to the store and buy it when we want or need it.
Everything we eat and drink and everything we see and use around us - our phones, chairs, clothing - EVERYTHING needs water to be produced, and no species on Earth can survive without water in some form.
Across the globe, many people NEVER have access to clean water in their entire lives and at times have to work very hard to get it. Most of us in America are fortunate enough to have clean water whenever we want or need it.
Can you guess how many gallons water the average American uses every day? The answer is roughly 88 gallons of water per day. (Source: Awwa Research Foundation, 1999)
Did you know...? It takes approximately 460 gallons of water to make one 1/4 pound hamburger - let's break that down a bit... In a nutshell, it takes water to grow the grain to feed a cow, water to keep a cow hydrated and clean, water to process the beef for consumption, packaging and then to deliver it to our local supermarkets.
How about the water it takes to make one cotton t-shirt? A whopping 650 gallons! Let's think about that one also - water to grow the cotton, water to process the making of the dye, water used in steam to manufacture and transport, not to mention the amount of water needed for the process of manufacturing the packaging for the T-shirt. When we break it down, the numbers can be surprising.
But why is any of this important? I mean, isn't the Earth like 71% water??!! Well... less than 1% of the Earth's water is in a form that is accessible for humans to consume. (Source: EPA)
Have you ever wondered where the water in your home comes from? Most people's water comes from either a well, or a body of fresh water like a river or a lake, where it is then filtered and piped to our homes.
You may have seen or heard the word "drought" used when you watch or listen to the weather forecast on your local news station, or maybe you've seen signs for water restrictions in your community.
A drought occurs when below average precipitation affects the amount of moisture in soil as well as the amount of water in streams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater.
As our population continues to grow and our climate patterns continue to change, the amount of water plants, animals and humans rely upon for survival will continue to decrease.
The good news??!! WE have the power to change this! toolkit.climate.gov
What are some ways you save water in and around your home or office?
What are some ideas you have for lowering your water footprint?
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