WATER
FOOTPRINT
What is a Water Footprint?
• Your water footprint is the amount of
water you use in and around your
home, school or office...
• You may not drink, feel or see this virtual
water, but it makes up the majority of your
water footprint. If you examine ...
Why Do Water Footprints
Matter?
• Freshwater (non-saline water) is an
important and vital resource to ecological
and human...
• Water footprints help reveal the amount of
water being used at an individual level all
the way to a national level and i...
What Makes a Blue, Green or
Grey Water Footprint?
• Blue Water Footprint: Refers to the
volume of surface water and ground...
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Water footprint

  1. 1. WATER FOOTPRINT
  2. 2. What is a Water Footprint? • Your water footprint is the amount of water you use in and around your home, school or office throughout the day. It includes the water you use directly (e.g., from a tap). It also includes the water you use indirectly – this is the water it took to produce the food you eat, the products you buy, the energy you consume and even the water you save when you recycle.
  3. 3. • You may not drink, feel or see this virtual water, but it makes up the majority of your water footprint. If you examine your lifestyle you can evaluate your water footprint using data that is based on average water use. In fact, water footprints can be calculated for individuals, households, businesses and countries. You may not drink, feel or see this virtual water, but it makes up the majority of your water footprint. If you examine your lifestyle you can evaluate your water footprint using data that is
  4. 4. Why Do Water Footprints Matter? • Freshwater (non-saline water) is an important and vital resource to ecological and human life, yet as human populations and prosperity grow, so too does our use of freshwater. This is complicated by climate change and the likelihood of a changing water cycle that has already led to periods of "drought and deluge." Water is already scarce in parts of the United States and the rest of world, and a
  5. 5. • Water footprints help reveal the amount of water being used at an individual level all the way to a national level and in the numerous processes involved in manufacturing and production of our goods and services. An accurate water footprint also takes into account the amount of water contaminated during manufacturing and production because that water is essentially made unusable and, therefore, taken out of the system. While there can never be a perfect water use assessment or audit tool, the water
  6. 6. What Makes a Blue, Green or Grey Water Footprint? • Blue Water Footprint: Refers to the volume of surface water and ground water consumed (i.e. evaporated or incorporated into the product) during production processes; • Green Water Footprint: Refers to the volume of rainwater consumed (i.e. evaporated or incorporated into the product) by the product; and • Grey Water Footprint: Refers to the amount of freshwater required to mix

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