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What is a Water Footprint?


Water footprint is a measurement that totals the amount of water that is consumed by a process, individual, community, company, etc.

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Water footprint includes direct and indirect sources of water consumption. Direct includes the water that is used to brush your teeth or wash your face whereas indirect is the water consumed by clothes manufacturing or the production of a burger. To determine an individual’s water footprint, you would add together all their water consumed including everything from the amount of water used in their shower to the water used to produce the cheese on their breakfast sandwich.


Water Footprint Network. “What is a water footprint?” Accessed August 13, 2019