Water footprint measures the amount of water used to produce each of the goods and services we use. Water is needed to make everything we use, wear, buy, sell and eat. In short, we can say “Water footprint is a measure of the fresh water in the volume of water consumed and/or polluted by humanity”. As you can imagine, the more we don’t pay attention to our water footprint, the more problems we will have in the future. If we learn a little more about the water footprint, there are three types of water footprints:

1- Bluewater: Water entering the products and returning to the environment or underground water.
2 – Green water: Water that evaporates from rain and moisture.

3 – Gray water: Water polluted by the production of goods and services.

What if we don’t pay enough attention to our water footprint? Serious water scarcity and pollution may occur in the world. Because of these, many species can become extinct and the world becomes uninhabitable for everyone. To prevent this, we must inform people and raise awareness. So how do we reduce our water footprint? We can reduce our water footprint by:

– turning off the faucet while blasting our teeth
– using water-saving toilets
– installing a water-saving showerhead
– take a shorter shower
– washing our clothes only when necessary
– elimination of domestic leaks
– using less water in the garden and while cleaning
– not flushing medicines, dyes, or other contaminants in the sink.

These directly reduce our water footprint. Let’s not forget that we have no place to live but our world! You, too, can calculate and continue to reduce your own water footprint online. To raise this awareness, we have prepared water foot games and informative posters with my students.

Canva design is re the author’s own –(Attribution CC-BY)

Our water footprint posters

Canva design is re the author’s own –(Attribution CC-BY)

Canva design is re the author’s own –(Attribution CC-BY)


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