"Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink."
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Do you know how much water you consume each day? I don't mean how many glasses of water you kick back, I mean how much water you personally consume each day in your diet — via not only the liquids you drink but also the foods you eat.
Tomorrow, March 22, marks World Water Day. It's a day celebrated each year to focus the world's eyes on the importance of water in our daily lives and raise awareness about the need to preserve and conserve what we've got so there is plenty to go around.
The theme for this year's World Water Day is Water and Food Security, and the objective is to raise awareness about the relationship between water and food production so that we can all see just how much water is required to produce our favorite foods.
As you might have guessed, a vegetarian diet uses far less — actually 10 times less — water than a carnivorous one. So while it takes 25 liters (roughly 6.5 gallons) of water to produce one potato, it takes 7,000 liters (or 1,850 gallons) of water to produce a steak. Even a glass of beer (almost 20 gallons) or milk (53 gallons) use water in their production. Check out this handy chart (or see the pdf) for more info about the amount of water that is used to produce your favorite foods:
What can you do to protect the world's water supply? The first step is to eat more meat-free meals. The second is to be aware of the amount of water you are consuming each day so that you can take little steps to conserve it.
For more about World Water Day, be sure to check out the group's website.