You know how much money you spend every day, how many trips you've taken to get there, or how many episodes of your favourite series you've seen, but have you ever stopped to think about how much water you spend every day?
Every person and every city is a world and we don't all spend the same amount of water, but we're going to handle an average number that, in any case, is not far from the global data handled by the UN: Each of us consumes about 100 liters of water every day.
In Africa, in some places, less than one litre per person per day is consumed, whether it is for drinking, washing or washing something. In London, it is 150 times more.
But where do we spend the most water?
The answer to where we spend the most water is overwhelming: the bathroom takes 73% and the kitchen 19%.
- When you flush the toilet, you spend up to 10 litres. This is very little when you consider that filling the bathtub requires up to 250 litres. If you prefer a shower, 100 litres of water are sufficient.
- When you put the washing machine on, depending on its efficiency, you can spend up to 60 litres. And, be careful because in gestures such as washing food, we can lose up to 10 liters. That's not to mention the water wasted when leaving the tap on while shaving or brushing your teeth.
- Even more surprising: 16% of drinking water is lost in breakdowns. And you don't need a major breakdown: a continuous leak of 10 drops per minute turns into 2,000 litres of water per year.
With the threat of declining reserves due to climate change, the need to take care of the water we have is becoming urgent.