What we eat has a surprising impact on our water consumption.
The continued drought in the western US has raised significant concerns and many are taking action to curb their water usage.
“The State Water Resources Control Board approved rules that force cities to limit watering on public property, encourage homeowners to let their lawns die and impose mandatory water-savings targets for the hundreds of local agencies and cities that supply water to California customers.” (AP Report)
Cutting back on water usage around the house will conserve a considerable amount of water, but it’s important to also understand how our consumption of goods impacts the drought. We don’t intuitively connect the food we eat or the products we purchase with water, but these goods can actually have a larger impact on water conservation than our actual use of water around the house.
The book “Blue Planet Run” produced by Blue Planet Network helps us contextualize our water consumption.
“At home, the average American uses between 100 and 175 gallons of water a day.” But compare that to how much water goes into some of the products we regularly consume:
- Quarter Pound Hamburger (just the meat) – 2,900 gallons of water
- 1lb of Coffee – 2,500 gallons of water
- 1lb of Rice – 650 gallons of water
- A Pint of Milk – 250 gallons of water
The list goes on, but you can quickly see how the impact of our consumption starts to add up rapidly. With a mixed salad estimated at costing 130 gallons of water, you could presumably save over 2,500 gallons of water by foregoing a quarter-pound hamburger for a salad… which has its own benefits for your health.
Fresh water is a continually growing global concern, forcing many of us to think twice about our lifestyles. Are you making the best choices?
See how Earth Accounting is working to help consumers make informed decisions.