Navigation

Water

.26

Number of gallons of water needed to irrigate one calorie’s worth of food.

10

Percent of the world’s population that lives without access to safe water.

24

Number of gallons of water it takes to create 17.6 ounces of plastic.

1,400

Number of children who die each day from water-related diseases.

2050

The year the agriculture sector will need to produce 60 percent more food globally than current rates.

3,962

Gallons of water it takes to produce two steaks.

200 million

Number of hours women around the world spend daily carrying water.

What you can do:

• Conserve water at home by taking shorter showers, investing in a low-flow toilet and turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.

• Plant low-water species in your yard.

• Buy a rain barrel to collect rainwater to use for watering the lawn or garden.

• Run your washer or dishwasher only when they are full, which can save up to 1,000 gallons of water a month per household.

• Buy recycled paper products, because they take less water to produce.

• Have a vegetarian meal from time to time, since the ingredients take less water to produce than a burger, pork chop or chicken sandwich.

• Consider donating to an organization such as Water.org, WaterAid or Food & Water Watch.

• Contact your federal legislators and urge them to support a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation.

Sources: UNESCO, UN Water, Water for Food, wateruseitwisely.com, WaterAid America, Water.org.