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

Find the water footprint of some common food products and consumer goods. We put together a food from a day in the typical American diet and gathered a list of some common consumer products and listed their water footprints. Download a [PDF] of this list. Table 1. Food Products Steak (beef) 6 ounces 674 gallons […]

Water Footprint Glossary

December 20, 2019

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. Download a [PDF] version of this glossary. Water Footprint: Water footprints help individuals, businesses and countries because they reveal water use patterns, from the […]

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

The United States is fortunate to have ample water resources compared to many other countries around the world. Even still, water protection and conservation is important because water is limited and no place is immune from drought. Water use in the United States has dropped significantly over time through efficiency and conservation, but more must […]

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

Our Water Footprint Calculator provides a snapshot of how a person’s daily activities and routines impact their water use. The calculator methodology provides all of the data, sources and calculations behind the questions and average values. How the Water Footprint Calculator Works Through a series of simple questions about daily routines, this innovative and engaging calculator accounts […]