Everyone wants to talk about money; how much they make; how much everything costs. Let’s talk gallons.

Save Water

Water covers 70% of the earth’s surface but only 1% of it is available for human use. We have labeled water as a resource, when in fact it is a currency, with its own metric of expense. Water is a commodity.

Water is a key element in food production and transportation. We all know that it takes water to produce a healthy crop, but did you know that it costs nearly 90 gallons of water to produce one serving of chicken? This water is spent on feed production, drinking water for the animals, and the cleaning of the farm and slaughterhouse. Notice that this does not include the cost of shipping. 13 gallons of water are required to make 1 gallon of gas; this water is spent on pipeline operations and gas refinement. Gas is used in nearly all forms of public transportation. It fuels cars, boats, trains, and planes. In fact, air travel costs even more than we think. The gas that is needed to fuel a local flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco, which is about 700 miles roundtrip, costs more than 9,000 gallons of water.

Save Water

When it comes to water, we cannot continue to live above our means. It is time to get smart about water. There are reasonable ways for us to reduce our footprint that do not involve us starving or never traveling again. Go one day a week without eating meat. Trust that the plants can and will supply all of the nutrients that we need. When at all possible, shop local. Stores that carry local products spend less water on transportation. Fix any leaky pipes or faucets at home to prevent waste and opt for a shorter shower over a bathe. These changes will reflect in bills and also in our water footprint

Bargain better with your share of the 1% of earth’s water.