Water is the New Carbon

Now that we've all figured out our carbon footprints, it's time for a new guilt-inducing eco-buzz question: What's your "water footprint"? Your water ...
by | September 19, 2008

Waterfootprint Now that we've all figured out our carbon footprints, it's time for a new guilt-inducing eco-buzz question: What's your "water footprint"?

Your water footprint is "the sum of direct and indirect freshwater use by the consumer."

I just figured out my water footprint using this water calculator. According to that site, I directly or indirectly use 1,061.27 gallons per day, which is just slightly less than the national average.

The site suggests I switch to low-flow faucets and shower heads. But the biggest chunk of my water use seems to come from the fact that I consume meat and dairy products.

I'm all for reducing my impact on the planet, but there must be a better way than giving up bacon.

(Hat tip to the NYT Ideas blog.)

Zach Patton  |  Executive Editor
zpatton@governing.com  | 

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