Water Usage in U.S. for Everyday Things
I did a short post on how much water is used to make some of the common foods most of us eat everyday. I got a great number of responses and that prompted me to write this post on understanding even further how much water we use in our daily lives, without even thinking about it.
This information comes from the article, “A Sea of Dollars” by Charles Fishman and the graphic “Water World” by Francesco Franchi in April’s paper edition of Fast Company:
- The U.S. loses one gallon out of every six due to leaks in utility pipes.
- In 1955 Americans used 1,460 gallons of water per person, per day. That number increased to 1,920 in 1980, and decreased to 1,360 in 2005.
- Four out of 10 people in the world today have either zero access to clean water or have to walk to get it.
- A typical half-liter bottle of water purchased in a store costs .99 cents. For .99 cents worth of tap water, you can refill your half-liter reusable water bottle 1,740 times from your faucet.
- It takes five liters of water to produce 2 liters of Coca-Cola.
- Each person in the U.S. uses 18.5 gallons of water a day just flushing the toilet. A four-person family uses 74 gallons a day to flush. The U.S. as a whole uses 5.7 billion gallons day in our toilets alone.
- The U.S. uses more water in one day than it uses oil in one year.
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