SAVE WATER: Reduce Your Footprints
People use lots of water for drinking, cooking, and washing, but even more for producing things such as food, paper and clothes.
What is water footprint?
A water footprint is an indicator that looks at both direct and indirect water use of an individual, business, community, city or country.
Direct water use refers to the water we see coming out of the tap we use each day for drinking, cooking, showering, washing dishes and clothes, gardening, etc.
Indirect water use refers to the water that is used to manufacture the goods that we consume or produce, and the services that we use, as well as all of the water that is made unusable by pollution or wasted by non-use. That includes all of the water used to grow the food that we eat, produce the things we use in daily life – clothes, books, furniture – and the water needed to produce the energy we use.
While indirect water use is “invisible”, we often use far more of it than we realize.
The average person directly consumes between 100-150 Liters of water a day – for drinking, washing clothes, bathing and watering plants.
But each person also indirectly consumes anywhere between 1,500 to 10,000 Liters of water per day, depending on where they live and their consumption habits.
How to Reduce Your Water Footprint
Broadly speaking, you can reduce your direct water footprint by:
- turning off the tap while brushing your teeth
- using water-saving toilets
- installing a water-saving shower head
- taking shorter showers
- only washing your clothes when necessary
- fixing household leaks
- using less water in the garden and when cleaning
- not disposing of medicines, paints or other pollutants down the sink.
When it comes to reducing your indirect water footprint, there is a number of different approaches you can take.
Water is essential to all life. Not only does it keep us, the animals and plants around us alive, but it also provides specialist habitats for wildlife. If we all do our part in conserving precious water supplies, we can make a huge difference for the environment.