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Is Turning Off The Tap Takes To Save Water?

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According to the United Nations Water Development Report 2016, one of the most serious problems humanity is facing today is the scarcity of portable and clean water for drinking and domestic use. This crisis is feared to worsen dramatically in the coming decade.

The World Bank’s report on India says that while the development of sustainable, safe, usable water is a global challenge, it’s an acute matter in India because of its high population density, time and space variability of rainfall and increasing contamination of available groundwater resources. It is estimated that by 2030, India’s demand for water will exceed all the available sources of supply. As a country, India holds 16% of the world’s population while owning only 4% of the world’s water resources. Although several initiatives have been undertaken to deal with the water crisis looming ahead of India, both by government and non-government bodies, unfortunately one of the biggest contributors to the lack of availability of fresh water continues to be ignored and unchecked – ‘animal agriculture’.

Examining one of India’s largest industries – the milk industry – clarifies it further. Ever since the white revolution, the demand for dairy has escalated to an all-time high and following the simple principles of production, this increase in demand has increased the supply. Since milk production involves rearing and breeding of animals, an enormous amount of water is required for their upkeep. In fact, the process of milk production, animal feed, cleaning, packaging and transportation requires around 1020 litres of water for every litre of milk sold.

A review of the consumption of water by other animal agriculture industries shows an equally catastrophic effect on our environment and water availability. Specifically, intensive factory farms which rear animals for eggs or meat have similar or worse water wastage counts. For example, 1 kg of chicken requires approximately 3546 litres of water, and one egg alone requires around 200 litres of water! Clearly, water is becoming a fast depleting source in places with intensive animal farming.

And animal agriculture is not just taking away our clean water sources, but polluting remains. A large amount of waste is generated which causes excess manure runoff in nearby water bodies, destroying our current sources of ground and fresh water.

The question is, this World Water Day, will you switch off the tap in between brushing your teeth to save 100 ml of water or would you rather switch to animal-free alternatives to save thousands of litres of water. The choice of creating a sustainable environment for our future generations lies in your hands!


7 Comments on "Is Turning Off The Tap Takes To Save Water?"

  1. Davy on Sat, 24th Mar 2018 5:38 pm 

    “one egg alone requires around 200 litres of water!”


  2. onlooker on Sat, 24th Mar 2018 6:09 pm 

    How are you going to turn off the taps when you have 7 billion plus billion people hungry and thirsty!

  3. Kat C on Sun, 25th Mar 2018 4:22 am 

    Become vegetarians and the world will be saved…..not

  4. peakyeast on Sun, 25th Mar 2018 6:21 am 

    ” For example, 1 kg of chicken requires approximately 3546 litres of water, and one egg alone requires around 200 litres of water”

    What a load of crap.

    Perhaps they should use the same calculation to show that we just have to eradicate all wild animals and remove the rainforests.

    A rhino consumes millions of liters of water and the only thing they contribute with is a fair view for tourists. They must be destroyed!

  5. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 25th Mar 2018 12:40 pm 

    Just water the fields with Gatorade.

    It has electrolytes.

  6. Outcast_Searcher on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 3:18 pm 

    Should we trust an an article that can’t be bothered to write a coherent title, much less proof read the title for quality?

    I see zero links or credible sources cited.

  7. Kenz300 on Mon, 26th Mar 2018 4:13 pm 

    And India’s population continues to grow every year making the situation worse. Too many people and too few resources.

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