Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Water Consumption



I'm still entranced by the book Earth From Above by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. It just so happened that we have a copy at our house right now and it's been my bedtime reading for the past few nights. The into to the book has some interesting numbers, one of which I thought I would share.

Distribution of water consumption in the world.

-One person in France consumes between 150 and 250 liters of water per day. Only 2 liters of this is used for drinking. Therefore, less than 0.5% of the water treated for drinking is in fact drunk.
-The average Kenyan uses 4 liters of water per day.
-One person in New York consumes 680 liters per day.

Think about this next time you take a bath, flush the toilet, and wash dishes.

1 comment:

Dongshow said...

random, but very very good post. I too enjoy Arthus-Bertrand. It's shocking that ski areas in Utah, Colorado, or other extremely dry places are allowed to make snow so a bunch of tossers can ride the lifts before thanksgiving.