According to the EPA, the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home, with roughly 70 percent of this use occurring indoors. Most of the usage happens during activities that we’ve grown accustomed to in the United States like showering twice a day, making coffee, and watering our plants. None of these things are bad, we should just take a second to evaluate how our interaction with water compares to those living in the developing world:
The water we use to flush our toilets is cleaner that what most people drink.
We can get clean water from multiple faucets in the comfort of our own homes, while people in the developing world walk an average of 3.5 miles to collect water.
Whether it’s bottled or comes straight from the tap, the water we consume is sold to us at a fair price. The clean water sold in the developing world is often unaffordable.
What can you do? Start to take a mental note of how much clean water you interact with on a daily basis, and the role you could play in ending the Global Water Crisis.