Water is crucial to the survival of humans, plants, and animals alike, as it drives activities such as irrigation, agriculture, and production. Without water, these activities cannot start, and life on earth as we know it grinds to a permanent halt.
The earth is three-fourths water, yet only 1 percent of that amount can be used for drinking. That number is alarmingly low by itself, but what’s more disturbing is the amount of water a person uses to produce items, carry out services, or perform daily tasks.
According to a 2011 UNESCO report, the average water footprint of a US citizen is 2,842 cubic meters of water yearly. And if we take into account the threats of climate change, pollution, and irresponsible water use, it is likely that the number will become greater.
Water is the source of life, and if we are to ensure the continuity of our existence, we must take steps to meet our everyday needs today in such a way that it does not jeopardize the survival of future generations.
The use and waste of water have deep, irreversible, and far-reaching implications that will eventually be felt in every household if we do not make a collective effort to conserve our dwindling resources.
The infographic below shows us the disparity between the amount of water we have and how much water we need and waste. Do we wait for the day when the earth becomes the actual setting of a real-life dystopia and we have to fight our way to get water?
In our own homes, we still can do something to avert this water crisis. Read on for more information.
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