- The water you drink today has likely been around in one form or another since dinosaurs roamed the Earth, hundreds of millions of years ago.
- According to the United Nations, water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century.
- By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity, with two-thirds of the world’s population living in water-stressed regions.
- The average hamburger takes 2,400 liters (630 gallons) of water to produce
- Fun fact: the human body 60 percent water
- The International Energy Agency projects that at current rates, freshwater used for water production will double over the next 25 years. At the current pace, there will not be enough freshwater available to meet global energy needs by 2040.
- Leaky pipes lose huge amounts of water on the way to homes in both modern and developing countries. It is estimated that in the United States 2.1 trillion gallons of treated water is lost each year from leaks.
- The lack of adequate water treatment is resulting in widespread pollution of freshwater resources. A UN and Pacific Institute report estimates that 2 billion tons of human, animal, and industrial waste are dumped untreated into freshwater bodies each year.
- Millions of people die each year from preventable diseases, after drinking water from an unsanitary source.
In spite of all this, many of the worlds leaders are not taking this seriously enough. So investors and donors need to step up and lead the charge.
- How you eat – you might be surprised by how big the water footprint in food is. For example: in the US, agriculture is responsible for 80% of all water consumed. The good news is, that means we can significantly reduce our water usage by eating water-efficient foods. Check out these resources to help you lower your usage:
- How you shop – we were shocked when we learned how much water is used in fashion. For example, a cotton t-shirt uses 2,700 liters of water. Denim jeans use 11,000! So, what to do? Consider these tips:
- Buy used clothes where possible: Not only is this often a great way to save money, it lets you use fashion that’s already been made, so it’s a lot less taxing on our water system. Check out this hack on eBay and other great used-clothing sites.
- Buy quality: too often we buy things that are cheap, but we these items aren’t always durable and need to be replaced often. This adds up to a lot of waste. Check out these tips on how to buy clothes that are built to last.
- Other hacks – check out this list of 25 ways you can easily save water around the house.