WATER FOOTPRINT. HOW MUCH WATER DO WE REALLY USE?
“Water footprint” is the sum of direct and indirect water consumption by a consumer. It applies to products which need water in their production processes.
What is indirect water consumption? It means water used at all stages of the production of a given product – for instance, in the case of agriculture it is the required irrigation of crops.
The average value of the water footprint of an average household in Poland ranges from 350 to 400 litres per day!
At www.waterfootprint.org you can calculate your own water footprint, and then take steps to reduce it. Remember that the choice of products that you purchase each day affects the environment and the lives of people around the world. What can you do to save water?:
- Buy products with the lowest water footprint.
- Limit consumption and do not waste food.
- Limit meat consumption and choose more vegetable products.
- Choose producers who care about the sustainable management of water resources used in the production process.
Did you know how much water is required for the production of 1 kg of:
Chocolate – about 17,196 litres
Beef – about 15,415 litres
Pork – about 5,988 litres
Chicken – about 4,325 litres
Eggs – about 3,300 litres
Cheese – about 3,178 litres
Rice – about 2,497 litres
Wheat bread – about 1,608 litres
Maize – about 1 222 litres
Apples – about 822 litres
Orange – about 560 litres
Milk (glass) – about 255 litres
Coffee (cup) – about 132 litres