In today’s post, the water experts at Green Water Technologies explain how multiple billions of gallons of fresh water are wasted each year.
According to Green Water Technologies, the first water system in the United States was built out of hollow logs, creatively fashioned together by the country’s first plumbers. While we’ve come a long way utilizing new materials since then, our water supply system is far from perfect. In North America, there’s approximately one million miles of water pipelines – enough to circle the globe more than three dozen times. Leaky pipes in New York City alone waste 36 million gallons of water every day.
Every day in America, every single person uses around 100 gallons of water for bathing, food preparation, and drinking. Green Water Technologies says European residents use about half that. By contrast, people living in the furthest reaches of the sub-Saharan desert have very little access to water and only use around two to five gallons per day.
In the United States, the majority of the 400 billion gallons of water used each day is for power generation or for agricultural irrigation, says the experts from Green Water Technologies. When used efficiently, it takes less than a quarter of a gallon of water to irrigate one calorie of sustenance. Unfortunately, we are not an efficient society and often use closer to 26 gallons of water for each calorie of food grown. Livestock production uses even more water with two pounds of beef for human consumption needing greater than 3,500 gallons. Green Water Technologies cites outdated manufacturing processes as another water waster. For instance, it takes greater than 39,000 gallons of water to manufacture a single vehicle.
We often look at water as an infinite resource. In reality, there may not be enough freshwater for prolonged usage at today’s current rates.