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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Water Water Everywhere

I was thinking about water after reading Gordo’s blog a few days ago. He was speculating how much water it takes to brew beer at home. He heard that commercial breweries use 100 litres of water for every bottle of beer.

When I come home from trips, I often turn the faucet on and off, just because it’s astounding to me that the water always works. On. Off. On. Off. Just. Like. That.

I came across some facts about water today in Developments magazine. I did not know that producing stuff takes loads of water. It takes 11,000 litres to make a pair of jeans and 400,000 to produce a car.

Washing, flushing, watering. That’s where most of our water goes. Down the drain. Into the earth. We only drink about 4 litres a day.

I found these numbers interesting. This is the number of litres one person in each of these countries uses in a day.

Ethiopia – 5
Kenya – 41
UK – 104
US – 595

Do the math. That leaves us using 100 times more water every day than someone in Ethiopia.

8 Comments:

Blogger Heather said...

Fascinating. I'd never thought of that before.

7:33 PM  
Blogger meno said...

I find that to be both depressing and embarrassing.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Gordo The Geek said...

I find the whole thing absolutely horrifying. I have absolutely no doubt that we're on a par with the US for usage.

I'm still waiting to hear back from CBC about their source for the 100 litres claim. With the way the climate is going, we'll be very hard pressed to miantain that kind of gluttony for very long.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Sanjay said...

I am shocked.. not. But we are the chosen nation right? "end snark"

8:50 PM  
Blogger jen said...

i know. i want to throw up, too.

it's shameful. we are so reckless and shameful in our blind and greedy consumption, of water. of oil. of food.

lucia, honestly, sometimes i think i might go crazy from it all.

12:13 AM  
Blogger St. Dickeybird said...

Like Meno said - depressing and embarrassing. And even the difference between UK and US usage is shocking.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Popeye said...

Well, hell. . . Amazing.

8:11 AM  
Blogger kat said...

That's frightening.

Have you heard about "Sea Of People"?

Google it, love.

2:04 PM  

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