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Are you aware of your daily water consumption?

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!

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19 Comments

  • Reply Anne

    Zotjes en heel confronterend, maar gelukkig wel onder het gemiddelde dus we zijn goed op weg :). Thanks for sharing Jojo XXX

    26 April 2016 at 10:44
  • Reply Inez

    Ik zit onder het gemiddelde, gelukkig.

    26 April 2016 at 13:57
  • Reply Andreas Huysman

    mijn watervoetafdruk: 1982m²

    26 April 2016 at 16:01
  • Reply Yanthe

    2202m³

    26 April 2016 at 16:01
  • Reply Emmeline

    2062 M

    26 April 2016 at 16:01
  • Reply Joke

    Nice article and indeed by changing small things in out daily habbits we can make a big change for our planet!

    26 April 2016 at 22:38
  • Reply David

    2300 … BOEM !!!

    26 April 2016 at 23:55
  • Reply Bart

    2948 m³

    27 April 2016 at 08:53
  • Reply CharlesVDW

    #3126m³ misschien toch eens ecologisch beginnen nadenken!!!!
    #savetheworld #Ecologischevoedafsdruk #redhetwater

    27 April 2016 at 09:01
  • Reply lisa

    3147 m²

    27 April 2016 at 09:02
  • Reply Darts

    2448m³, wss ik drink teveel water. Maar is belangrijk. Water > bier. Water = plezier.

    grtz Dart S.

    27 April 2016 at 09:03
  • Reply cnockaert romanie

    2016 m³ woehoew

    27 April 2016 at 09:07
  • Reply simon

    3900 !!! Yes, eerste tot nu toe

    27 April 2016 at 09:14
  • Reply Delphine Lebrun

    I’m proud to tell that my water EF is 1886m³. I’m a vegetatian (I eat fish once in a while). However it’s still possible to do better, every step counts. I’m a teacher and in the classroom now. The students are calculating their EF and you’ll read more about it in these comments.
    Take care and consume less.
    http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/video_overshoot_explained/

    27 April 2016 at 09:22
  • Reply Soline Van Innis

    2088m³, Super artikel!!

    27 April 2016 at 11:44
  • Reply Tina De Groote

    Mijn totaal verbruik bedraagt: 2321 m3 – nog een beetje werk aan de winkel dus om er nog 321 m3 af te krijgen!! Go Tina!

    29 April 2016 at 09:17
  • Reply Lieselotte

    2235m3. Zelfs voor in het spilzieke en on-ecologische Londen te wonen, toch nog onder het Belgische gemiddelde 🙂

    29 April 2016 at 11:49
  • Reply Isabelle

    Super interessant artikel!! Wel heel confronterend maar dit is nodig!!

    29 April 2016 at 16:20
  • Reply Sara

    1917 m3 en vanaf morgen is mijn nieuwe regenton in gebruik. Altijd ruimte voor verbetering 🙂

    29 April 2016 at 18:12
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