Another edition of Belmundo, the Ghent annual festival that promotes international solidarity, came to an end. This year it’s all about water consumption: from industrial water waste to flushing the toilet. Do you know that a Belgian spends on average 7400 liters of water a day?
Fresh water is a very scarce and vulnerable source. Even though 70% of our planet is covered in water, only 3% is fresh water and some of it is frozen or located deep underground. Not forgetting the fact that only 0,5% of that amount is reclaimable.
The first time I participated to Dagen Zonder Vlees, back in 2014, I was confronted with the amount of water I waste daily. Eating vegetarian for 40 days had saved the amount of 235 bathtubs filled with water. That made me curious on the amount I actually spend on an average. I took the Belmundo test to calculate my water footprint. The calculator takes the actual water into account, taking a shower for instance, but also the virtual water spent producing food, clothes and consumer goods. Being a vegetarian my footprint is lower than that of an average Belgian: 2360m2 to be exact, which I’m pretty proud of.
Together with Groenten Uit Gent we try to be aware of our water footprint. De Sleutel built a water container that catches every last raindrop. That recycled H2O will serve to water the beautiful green plants in the garden. Luckily, in Belgium, showers are not scarce. It’s the only time I won’t complain about the moody Belgian weather!
Wonder how much water you spill daily? Take the TEST and let me know!