Gauteng and NW Province

What is your water footprint?

Very often we concern ourselves with water conservation in the sense of limiting the water we use directly. We do this by having shorter showers, turning the tap off when we brush our teeth, and retrofitting our bathrooms to include dual-flush toilets and low-flow shower heads.

The total amount of all the water you consume, directly as well as indirectly is called your Water Footprint and indicate YOUR personal impact on the Earth’s freshwater supply.

Supplementary to the water used for basic daily applications, your water footprint includes the freshwater utilized for the production of all the goods and services you consume and is a multi-dimensional indicator.

Did you know….

–    It takes 250 litres of water to produce 1 glass of milk.
–    It takes 2400 litres of water to produce 1 beef burger.
–    It takes 600 litres of water to produce 1 loaf of bread.
–    It takes 1000 litres of water to produce 1 newspaper.
–    It takes 67 litres of water to produce 1 egg.
–    It takes 100 litres of water to produce 1 potato.
–    It takes 2700 litres of water to produce 1 cotton t-shirt.

If you use more than you need, there won’t be enough.

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