Watching our water footprints
We’ve all heard about the increasing focus on reducing our carbon footprints, but there’s now a new buzzword that’s causing a splash – water footprints. This is the amount of water each country uses each year; it is not only what we use as individuals, but the water used in the production of goods and services.
There is a vast difference between countries in the size of their water footprints. The U.K. has a fairly low water footprint, with measures like the hosepipe ban demonstrating our relatively conscientious water usage. The worst offenders are the U.S., China, India, the Russian Federation, Indonesia, Nigeria, Brazil, and Pakistan – together, these eight countries represent 50% of the entire world’s water footprint. In fact, with by far the highest household usage in the world at 575 litres, every single American has an individual water footprint of around 2.5 million litres of water a year – enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool!
In stark comparison, some countries, such as Mozambique, Rwanda, Haiti, have an average individual household of just 15 litres a day, highlighting a severe disparity in accessibility to water and an obvious case of water poverty in some countries.
The Water Delivery Company advocates sensible and considerate water usage, and is proud that the U.K. has shown itself to be a nation of environmentally conscious consumers when it comes to using water.