With Western states in the US already seriously struggling to keep up with water demands, America needs to take a hard look at how much water we really need to be using and how we lessen our addiction to water. The United States is the number one consumer of water per capita. This means we use more water than any other nation… but why?
Many of the country’s that have a high total water usage have the largest populations as well as the largest land masses. China, India, Russia, Brazil and the United States are the top 5 consumer and producer countries in the world.
While China has nearly a billion more people in roughly the same land area size as the U.S., the U.S. consumes double the amount of water per household per day. One of the biggest reasons for this high U.S. consumption is our lawns. Yup, we love our green grass and only over the past decade have realized that perhaps arid, dry regions shouldn’t have green grass in our backyards. According to the EPA, 30 percent of our annual household water consumption goes directly back into our lawns to make our grass green. The EPA also estimates that in dry climates, a household's outdoor water use can be as high as 60 percent. Some experts estimate that as much as 50 percent of water used for irrigation is wasted due to evaporation, wind, or runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and systems.
Another reason the U.S. has such a high consumption rate of water is due to one major export; Beef. The U.S. is one of the largest exporters of beef and nearly 30% of our water goes to the production of beef globally. According to a UC Davis study, it takes just 441 gallons of water to produce one pound of boneless beef—or about 110 gallons for a quarter-pound hamburger.
This study too into consideration all of the following aspects:
o Water the animal drinks
o Water used to irrigate pasture land that the cattle graze
o Water used to grow crops the cattle are fed
o Water used in the processing of the beef
Americans love their green laws and fast food burgers (we did invent fast food didn't we) but it’s time to take a step back and reevaluate how we can continue to do the things we love but more efficient and with conservation of our most valuable resource in mind.
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