During the last few weeks, I have been working on spreading water conservation awareness focused on individuals. While that’s a great start, the journey does not end there – nor should it! While we get better at our personal habits and do our bit, we should not ignore, nor overlook the real culprits. These culprits not only use more than their share of water, but are also the ones that make lot of available water unusable. If you haven’t guessed it yet, yes, it is our industries which use water as a raw material.
Take a look at the amount of water used (wasted, in my opinion) for each product.
1. It takes 5,680 liters (1,500 gallons) of water to process one barrel of beer. Have I lost my beer drinking supporters?
2. It takes 450 liters (120 gallons) of water to produce one egg.
3. To process one chicken we need 44 liters (11.6 gallons) of water.
4. To process one can of fruit or vegetables we need 35 liters (9.3 gallons) of water.
5. About 25,700 liters (6,800 gallons) of water is required to grow a day’s food for a family of four.
6. It takes 7,000 liters (1,850 gallons) of water to refine one barrel of crude oil.
7. To manufacture new cars 148,000 liters (39,000 gallons) of water are used per car.
Next time, you use one of these products, just remember the amount of water spent!