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How big is your water footprint?

Your water footprint is the total volume of freshwater used to produce the goods and services that you consume.

Producing the items we use in our daily life uses up water. For example, to produce a kilo of meat takes around 16,000 litres. A simple cotton tee-shirt uses up to 2,500 litres. These numbers don’t show up on your water bill and you may not drink, feel or see them, but they make up the majority of your water footprint.

 

Water hidden in 1  t-shirt

 

Calculate your water footprint

Find out how much water you're using with the Water Footprint Network.

Why should you care?

Freshwater is in short supply. Some places never have enough to meet demand and are in constant drought. We need to reduce our water footprint to change this situation.

Make a start!

Save water at home… turn off the tap while you're brushing your teeth, use less water in the garden and don't pour medicines, paints or other pollutants down the sink. Find more tips and facts at Imagine all the Water.

 

World Water Day

International World Water Day takes place on 22 March every year, highlighting the importance of freshwater and promoting the sustainable management of its resources. There are events all over the world, all year round.