What is your water footprint?

November 30, 2010 at 4:29 am Leave a comment

You’ve probably heard about our carbon footprint, or the measure of the impact our lives have on the environment, particularly climate change. But what is our water footprint? On the National Geographic website you can take a water footprint survey and actually calculate your water footprint to discover how your daily water use compares to the national average.

The survey takes into consideration where you live, your household water usage, outdoor landscaping, driving, diet and shopping habits. Along the way, you can click on tips to find out more about water saving. For example, by installing a low-flow shower head, you can save 15 gallons of water during a 10 minute shower.

At the end of the survey, you can determine where in your life you can cut back on your water usage and sign a pledge to save that percentage of water. Little things, such as cutting down on the time you spend in the shower, installing low-flow shower heads, faucets and toilets in your home, and by reconsidering your diet choices, each person can make a significant pledge to cut their water usage.

Take the National Geographic Water Footprint Survey at http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-footprint-calculator/

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