By now you’ve heard about carbon footprints and probably tried to calculate your own. But did you know you have a water footprint, too?
The average person on earth has a “virtual water footprint” of about 328,410 gallons each year — and the U.S. has the largest on the planet, clocking in at a whopping 656,012 gallons per year.
Incredibly, one-third of the tap water used in North America is used to brew our daily cups of coffee.
In the latest installment of its “Better Planet” series, DISCOVER magazine reports in its June issue that there is substantial cause for concern about these measurements. As many as 5 million people die unnecessarily each year because of lack of water and related illnesses.
Every bite and sip you take makes a difference. /Gary
Everything you know about water conservation is wrong:
QUIZ: What’s your virtual water IQ?