As Drinking Water Week
continues today, the American Water Works Association and others in the water community are appreciating the value of our precious water supply by focusing on how much water is needed and used in the production of everyday items such as food and clothing.
The water community is committed to the idea that by fully understanding the value of water, more can be done to protect it. For example, according to data provided by the Value of Water Coalition:
• 40 percent of water is used in agriculture to grow foods to eat and beverages to drink
o 32 gallons of water is needed to make one glass of wine
o 19 gallons of water yields one apple
o 1,230 gallons of water is necessary for the production of one beef steak
• 46 percent of water is consumed in manufacturing products to buy
o 700 gallons of water is needed to manufacture one t-shirt
o 2,100 gallons of water produces just one pair of leather shoes
o 40,000 gallons of water is needed to manufacture a single car
More information about the value of water and our water footprint is available on the Value of Water Coalition’s website.