Do you know how much water was used to grow your food and to produce your clothes and the things you buy?
You will be surprised! Though water is not tangible, but the way we use this finite resource is what counts. It is not limited to kitchens and bathrooms alone; we contribute to the consumption of large quantities of water when buying various products, from the food we eat, paper and cotton to biofuel. These activities, on a daily basis, is what affects water resources all over the world.
Water pollution is measured using the ‘grey water footprint,’ which is the amount of water needed to integrate pollutants to levels that do not compromise water quality standards.
By measuring water footprints, we can get a clear picture of how water is used in today’s consumer society, in the same way that carbon footprints measure contributions to climate change.
The Water Footprint Network was founded in 2008 to solve the world’s water crises by advancing fair and smart water use. Their water foot print assessment tool is an innovative tool that inspires the changes we must all make to share fresh water fairly amongst all people to sustain thriving communities and preserve the earth’s resources for future generations.
Let’s celebrate #WWD2017 by checking our water footprint here: http://waterfootprint.org/en/resources/interactive-tools/personal-water-footprint-calculator/