Water is life we all learn, not only because the surface of our planet is more water than land, or our bodies are full of the stuff, but also because it seems to be where life as we know it on our planet originated. Some of us think a lot about our carbon footprint – but we would do well to think about our water footprint – or should that be welly print?
How much of a water rat am I? ‘A bit of a drip’ is what I was categorised as in the Water Footprint Calculator http://www.waterfootprintcalculator.co.uk/ – a score of 2 on their levels 1 (dry as dust) – 5 (drowned rat) using just over 22 thousand litres of water a week – that’s over 100 thousand cups of tea in case you were wondering. Which is less than the European average of 35 thousand a week, but I still wonder at my own profligate use of water to rinse everything and enjoy those extra minutes under the hot shower – and do I really need to wash clothes as often as I do? the machine always seems to be going. Maybe its all the floods that have been in the news – and all the storms that have produced them, or perhaps just getting a bill! But I’ve been thinking about all the water I use, and how easy it is to forget all the water used by others to produce the stuff I buy. Apparently one cotton t-shirt has about 25 baths full of water embedded in it - See more at: http://www.waterwise.org.uk/pages/fun-facts.html#sthash.leYMJFmf.dpuf
We may have had the wettest winter on record in the U.K. http://www.ceh.ac.uk/news-and-media/news/warmest-wettest-november-january-record but its still no excuse for us to take water for granted.