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Water Footprint Glossary

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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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How the United States Uses Water

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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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Water Use, Withdrawal and Consumption

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“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 …

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Water Footprint Calculator Methodology

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Our Water Footprint Calculator provides a snapshot of how a person’s daily activities and routines impact their water use. The results, reported as a water footprint, are meant to be an estimate that can help people better understand how their habits and behaviors contribute to their overall water use. The calculations used in the Water Footprint Calculator are an estimate. The data …

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Water Footprint Comparisons by Country

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Industrial water use makes up a large part of a person’s water footprint, and the value varies greatly by country. This chart lists the total volume of freshwater used to produce consumer goods like cars, t-shirts, plastic bottles and food – what’s also know as virtual water – on a per person basis for a variety of countries. The total volume …

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What Is a Water Footprint?

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Water footprints can be calculated for individuals, households, businesses and countries. GRACE’s Water Footprint Calculator helps people find out how their daily actions affect their individual water use. Fresh water is vital to life, but as the world’s population grows, so does its use of water.  It takes water – a lot of it – to produce food, to make energy and to …