What’s Your Water Footprint?

Ever wondered how your water consumption compared to the national average?

Well now you can find out!

Go on http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-footprint-calculator/ and calculate your water footprint.

According to National Geographic, almost 95 percent of our water footprints are attributed to these indirect forms of water consumption. This brief and entertaining (watch the duck!) calculation takes into account the water used in your home, diet, energy consumption, travel, as well as the clothes and goods you buy each year.

After talking about the average amount of water used per person in specific countries in class, I found it really intriguing to test how I compared to the national average.

I use 1,451 gallons per day compared to the U.S. average of 1,981 gallons per day. What about you?

Also, underneath the calculator there are a few more interesting and interactive links concerning water usage so check those out too!

3 thoughts on “What’s Your Water Footprint?

  1. This is really neat! I like how this is an interactive website that really gets you to realize how much water waste occurs on an every day basis. By linking the #’s and statistics to personal accountability, hopefully this calculator will actually motivate some of the water quality and conservation initiatives that the website is trying to promote.

  2. I really enjoyed the water footprint exercise because it allowed me to gauge my usage of water not just related to home but, to diet and other factors as well. The quiz was very through and easy to use.

  3. I enjoyed this website because after discussing the impact that people have on the hydrosphere, it’s informative to know my own footprint. It was also interesting to know more of the different ways in which water is used because it didn’t occur to me that water would be used for transportation as well. That slipped my mind, so it was interesting to learn. It lets people know the areas where they can cut back on their water use, like taking less showers or turning it off instead of leaving it on for the entire shower. One could also use their dishwashers and washer machines less. There are many things that can be done to cut back on water use.

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