Tuesday, March 22

Turn Off The Tap

About 5% of world consumption of water is domestic, 75% is used for irrigation and the remaining 20% in industry. The average person in a highly industrialized nation uses up to 70 times more water than an average person from a developing country.

UNESCO created an excellent "Managing Water Sources" teaching manual that has some intersting facts about water consumption (in liters per day) around the world:
  • North America -- 200-300
  • Europe -- 100-150
  • "Developing Countries" -- 5-50
When I lived in Zambia, I used 5 gallons (20 liters) of water/day for washing (dishes, hands, house, body) and for drinking and cooking. Washing clothes used extra water.