Did you know that the average “water footprint” in the Western world is around 5,400 liters per person, per day? That equates to each person consuming the amount of water in an Olympic swimming pool per year.
hrough the “water footprint calculator” app, you will be able to visualize how much water you use for your personal hygiene habits and also for your eating habits. The data provided is merely indicative, since consumption may vary from one country to another and depends on water availability and the other costs associated with producing food and other goods and services (clothing, electronics, appliances, transportation, energy, etc.) that we use each day.
The water footprint calculator was designed with the intention of inviting us to reflect on our consumption habits and their impact on natural resources; likewise, it encourages taking steps towards more sustainable habits.
The water footprint calculation is merely indicative, since the internalization of water consumption in food production varies quite significantly between countries, depending on various factors such as water availability, costs of drinking water treatment or sanitation, energy costs, etc.
This little exercise is only meant to help us reflect on the impact that our personal hygiene or food habits at home can have in terms of direct water consumption (which comes from the tap when we turn it on) and virtual water consumption (which is hidden behind food production, based on the type of food or its origin).
Click on each country to view the average daily water footprint per person