Day 6 of our No Impact Experiment is about water consumption & having had a go at the Water Footprint Calculator this is how we score:
Food = 139
Domestic = 46
Total = 259 Cubic Metres Per Person Per Year!
We have no idea if this is good or bad, as there are no guidelines on the website...
All I can say is that we are very careful with water. When we first moved to Cornwall - we lived on a smallholding which had it's own well water pumped into the house. During dry periods the well would get really low & so we got used to being incredibly frugal & that behaviour has stayed with us.
We never leave taps running or over fill the kettle, we use a bowl to wash our dishes, our washing machine has a AAA rating - so is both energy & water efficient. We don't use our bath (it usually gets filled with vegetable plants in the summer) & always take quick showers (not only to save water, but because when we have spent too long - the water runs cold)!
For years we have drank bottled mineral water, as we've always found mains water in this country to be pretty awful. We do have a water filter, but compared to mineral water & the well water we have drunk in the past - it's just like drinking from a swimming pool with a heap of scrap metal thrown in! This week, we have cut out the bottled & are persevering with tap water. Such a shame that the quality is poor, so naturally we have reduced the amount we drink as we are not enjoying it - if only we had our own well or spring!!!