U.S. Water Footprint
A water footprint is the water you use directly—for things like drinking, bathing, and laundry—plus the water used to make the products and energy you use and to grow food.
Below is a sampling of countries’ per capita annual water footprint.
The world’s biggest is the United States; the world’s smallest is Yemen.
Indoor Water Use
In the U.S., indoor direct use for the average person is 69.3 gallons a day.
Here’s how that breaks down:
Outdoor Water Use
Direct use for a family of four in the United States is 400 gallons a day.
30 percent of that is for outdoor use: 30 gallons per person.
That’s how much a person uses for everything in Algeria.
Berit Anderson researched this fact sheet for Water Solutions, the Summer 2010 issue of YES! Magazine. Berit is an editorial assistant for YES! Magazine.
- The Page That Counts: Water Edition (with complete citations)
- 3 Big Ideas to Make Water Last: YES! Magazine poster. (with complete citations)
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