As defined by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 25, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family”, we believe that we must ensure and preserve clean water access in our communities and secure public water sources, systems and infrastructure against privatization. Furthermore, it is important to ensure a healthy supply of fresh drinking water for the future generation.
The easiest way to conserve water while traveling is to turn off the tap when not in use. You can also get in the habit of taking shorter showers. Also keep in mind that whatever you consume comes with its own water footprint. Below are some water facts showing how much water it takes to produce different food. (source: Water Education Foundation)
- 1 cup of lettuce: 3 gallons
- 1 slice of whole wheat bread: 7 gallons
- 1 oz of white rice: 25 gallons
- 2 oz of pasta: 36 gallons
- 8 fl. oz of milk: 48 gallons
- 1 oz of cheese: 56 gallons
- 1 egg: 63 gallons
- 8 oz chicken: 330 gallons
- 4 oz hamburger: 616 gallons
- 8 oz steak: 1,232 gallons
It’s evident that everyday items that we use and consume come with heavy water footprints. Next time you are out shopping, ask yourself, “do I really need this?” and see if you can come up with a better alternative!