What is a water footprint?

Water Use, Withdrawal and Consumption

April 27, 2020

“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 […]

Metodología de calculadora de huella hídrica

January 9, 2020

Nuestra Calculadora de la huella hídrica proporciona una instantánea de cómo las actividades y rutinas diarias de una persona afectan su uso del agua. La metodología de la calculadora proporciona todos los datos, fuentes y cálculos detrás de las preguntas y los valores promedio. Cómo funciona la calculadora de huella hídrica A través de una […]

What is Virtual Water?

December 20, 2019

Virtual water is the water “hidden” in the products, services and processes people buy and use every day. Virtual water often goes unseen by the end-user of a product or service, but that water has been consumed throughout the value chain, which makes creation of that product or service possible. What Does Virtual Water Mean? […]

What is the Water Footprint of…?

December 20, 2019

How much water does it take to make food and beverages or common household items? Read on to find out. How Much Water Does it Take to Make a Hamburger? Here is a list of the water footprint of some common food products and consumer goods. The list of foods reflect a typical day in […]

Water Footprint Glossary

December 20, 2019

Water terms can be confusing, especially where water footprints are concerned. A glossary of water footprint terminology can help people understand the difference between “water footprint” and “virtual water” and how water is connected to food, energy and household goods. Download a [PDF] version of this glossary. Water Terms: Water Footprints Water footprints help individuals, […]

The Value of Rainwater: Why Green Water Footprints Matter

October 17, 2018

The water footprint concept is a way to measure the volume of water consumed, evaporated and polluted in the process of making a product or service, such as a food item or electricity. Individuals, companies, municipalities and nations can measure their water footprints, which are broken down into three components: green, blue and grey. The definitions of […]

How the United States Uses Water

October 13, 2018

Water usage in the United States is multio-faceted and the country is fortunate to have ample water resources compared to many other countries around the world. Water protection and conservation are still important though, because water is limited and no place is immune from drought. Water usage in the United States has dropped significantly over […]

The Difference Between Water Conservation and Efficiency

October 2, 2018

Water seems plentiful but droughts and shortages can happen anywhere and it’s helpful to know the difference between conservation and efficiency. What is Water Conservation and Efficiency? Many factors affect how much water people use in a day, including where they live, whether they live in a house or an apartment and how they live […]

Water Footprint Calculator Methodology

May 27, 2017

A water consumption calculator – our Water Footprint Calculator – provides a snapshot of how a person’s daily activities and routines impact their water consumption. This methodology provides all of the data, calculations and sources for all of the questions and average values used in the calculator. How the Water Footprint Calculator Works Through a series of […]