In celebration of World Water Day (March 22), determine how much water you really use.
A water footprint estimates the amount of water that someone consumes both directly and indirectly. Examples of direct water consumption include the water we drink and use to take showers. Indirect water consumption (or virtual water) is the water we use to produce the products we consume, like grains and vegetables for example. Visit http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=cal/waterfootprintcalculator_indv for a quick water footprint calculator or http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=cal/WaterFootprintCalculator to use an extended version.
It takes approximately 40 liters of water to produce one piece of bread. This includes all the water that goes into growing, harvesting and processing the grains.
It takes almost 7000 liters of water to produce one pound of beef. This includes all the water that goes into producing the food that the cow eats, as well as the water that it drinks in its lifetime.
Consider cutting back on the amount of meat in your diet in order to reduce your water footprint!