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.