Knowing what your carbon footprint is isn’t the only way to start
conserving. Knowing your water footprint can also help you learn more
about your home water usage, and begin to look for ways to conserve.
Let’s start by asking the question, “how much water do use
on average every day?”
According to WaterFootprint.org, the average person on earth uses 328.366
gallons of fresh water each year for things like drinking, cooking, cleaning
and flushing. Yet for the average American, that figure almost doubles
to 655,939 gallons per person per year.
While its easy to look at current reservoir levels, or annual rainfall
amounts and think we may not have a water shortage within Colorado, what’s
also important to keep in mind is sustaining these levels and having enough
of a water supply for our future consumption, 10, 20 even 50 years into
Your water footprint is a way to show the average person an easy way to
think about how much water they use over the course of a year. It encompasses
the amount of water required to produce food, goods and services used
by you as an individual. By becoming aware of how much water you are using
per year, you’ll also become aware of how important it is to start
thinking conservation, and coming up with ways to reduce your own personal
water footprint as much as possible.
So what are the best things for you to do to begin reducing your own water
Start with the obvious. Fix leaks immediately. Purchase energy savings
appliances, and put in water saving toilets, faucets and showerheads.
Then learn all you can about water conservation. As your premier local
green plumber, we offer a water use analysis to help you identify leaks
and offer advice in the area of water loss prevention, conservation and