In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most
essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the
victim of his indifference”

~Rachel Carson


Benson Bubbler in Portland Oregon

Globally we use 70% of our water sources for agriculture and irrigation, and only 10% on domestic uses.


The daily drinking water requirement per person is 2-4 litres, but it takes 2 000 to 5 000 litres of water to produce one person’s daily food.


Poor drainage and irrigation practices have led to waterlogging and salinization of approximately 10 percent of the world’s irrigated lands.


1 in 8 people world wide do not have access to safe and clean drinking water.


In developing countries, as much of 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.

Statistics courtesy of The Water Project
Credit: Public domain

Credit: Public domain

Water Conservation Tips

It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub, so showers are generally the more water-efficient way to bathe.

If you use a low-flow showerhead, you can save 15 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower.

On average, 10 gallons per day of your water use is lost to leaks. One of the easiest, most effective ways to cut your water footprint is by repairing leaky faucets and toilets.

Nearly 60% of a person’s household water footprint can go toward lawn and garden maintenance.

Washing a car uses about 150 gallons of water, so by washing less frequently you can cut back your water use.

A gallon of gasoline takes nearly 13 gallons of water to produce. Combine your errands, car pool to work, or take public transportation to reduce both your energy and water use.

Traveling from Chicago to Istanbul is just about 10,000 miles round trip, costing enough water to run electricity in the average American home for one person for more than five years.

One of the best ways to conserve water is to buy recycled goods, and to recycle your stuff when you’re done with it. Or, stick to buying only what you really need.

Recycling a pound of paper, less than the weight of your average newspaper, saves about 3.5 gallons of water. Buying recycled paper products saves water too, as it takes about six gallons of water to produce a dollar worth of paper.

Tips courtesy of nationalgeographic.com

References, sources and suggested reading


The Water Project The Water Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to provide access to clean water to people in developing nations who suffer needlessly without it.

U.N. Water Facts and statistics on water by the United Nations.

The true health benefits of drinking water (benefitsoftheworld.com)

Water Conservation Tips (nationalgeographic.com)

How much water are you eating? (eatdrinkbetter.com)

Save water through recycling (thehindu.com)


16 thoughts on “WATER is LIFE

  1. Great post. I’ve always been careful with water. I don’t understand people with their 20-minute showers and leaving faucets running. Water limitations are very close to impacting agriculture right now. Food shortages could be right around the corner. It’s a sad state we’re in with respect to our ignorance of what’s important.

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  3. Wonderful post, Nancy…. and then I think of those golf courses and orange groves in our deserts (AZ and NM and parts of California, where the Colorado no longer reaches the ocean to drain…) That thought came to mind because I just finished reading “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Kingsolver…. she starts it off with some thoughts on our crazy attitudes toward water.

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