By: Kyle Ragan
As we discussed in class earlier this year the United States has one of the highest water consumption rates in the world. Access to clean drinking water is already an issue to nearly one billion people around the world today. This number is only expected to grow as water may become one of the most fought over resources on earth. The issues around water use are both environmental and social. In class we mentioned the concept of virtual water. Virtual water takes into account your total water footprint for your daily life. While water usage may only take into account water that is consumed or used in your daily life. Virtual water also takes into account the water used to produce the food you eat and to transport this food to where you live. The first step to addressing the water problem facing the world is to better understand our own personal impact on global water.
The website H2o conserve provides tools for better understanding your own individual water usage. There is no perfect way to calculate an individual’s personal water footprint but H20 conserve provides a calculator that can estimate your individual water footprint. Use the calculator to calculate your water footprint. We can all look for ways that we can decrease our water consumption. The website also provides tips for ways that you can decrease your water usage.
We all have a role in helping the water crisis, take the first step and calculate your water usage and look up some tips about how to decrease your water footprint. Comment with your scores so that you can see how you compare with everyone else in the class.