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Water Footprint Glossary

In concepts & definitions, footprints

Confused about the difference between “water footprint” and “virtual water?” Wondering what makes up a water footprint? Read on to learn how water is connected to food, energy and household goods. Water footprints help individuals, businesses and countries because they reveal water use patterns, from the individual level all the way to the national level. They shine a light on …

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Spotlight: Water Calculator’s Interview with the Water Footprint Network

In articles about water use and quality, footprints

In this interview, we reflect on the past impact and future challenges of this great and growing field. In this edition, we talk to Kai Olson-Sawyer and Robin Madel, Senior Research and Policy Analysts who work on water footprints at GRACE Communications Foundation, a USA-based non-profit. GRACE develops innovative strategies to increase public awareness of the critical environmental and public …

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Interview: Talking Clean Water and Industrial Agriculture with Kelly Hunter Foster

In footprints, interviews

Waterkeeper Alliance senior attorney Kelly Hunter Foster manages the organization’s Clean Water Defense and National Pure Farms, Pure Waters campaigns and works on Clean Water Act-related legal actions against the government and polluters. Kelly Hunter Foster is senior attorney at Waterkeeper Alliance where she manages the organization’s Clean Water Defense and National Pure Farms, Pure Waters campaigns, including Clean Water Act-related legal …

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How the United States Uses Water

In concepts & definitions, footprints

The United States is fortunate to have ample water resources compared to many other countries around the world. Water protection and conservation still remains important because water is limited and no place is immune from drought. Water use has dropped significantly over time through efficiency and conservation, but more must be done to ensure stable water supplies as climate change …

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Interview: Sandra Postel on How We Can Replenish the Water Cycle

In footprints, interviews

In her new book, Replenish, Sandra Postel offers ways that farmers, water managers and consumers can unite to restore the broken water cycle. For centuries humans have channeled water to create a prosperous, modern society. Whether it’s irrigating fields for food, constructing massive dams for water storage or building water treatment plants for clean water, there is a long history …

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Interview: Arjen Hoekstra, Creator of the Water Footprint Concept

In footprints, interviews

When Dr. Arjen Hoekstra created the water footprint he opened people’s eyes about how humanity uses water. Discover what guided Hoekstra onto this visionary path, the role that consumer decisions have on water use, the complexities of industrial versus pasture-raised meat, and more. As interest in the water footprint concept has grown in recent years, more people are giving thought …

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What is the Water-Energy-Food Nexus?

In footprints, water energy food nexus

Food, water and energy systems are intimately connected with each other and water is a crucial component to making food and energy systems work. It takes water to grow crops and produce energy and it takes a lot of energy to treat and move water. Food and energy are equally dependent upon each other. The connection between the systems is …

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Water Use, Withdrawal and Consumption

In concepts & definitions, footprints

“Water use” often fails to adequately describe what happens to water because “water use” can take two forms – consumption or withdrawal. It’s important to understand the difference. The US withdraws a lot of water on a daily basis for use in homes, businesses, industries and food production. While domestic use is significant, the majority of withdrawals are for thermoelectric …