With so many NC counties still designated in extreme drought, and with public water not being a standard topic of conversation, a new view on water use couldn't come at a better time. So take a look at the water footprint of everyday things you didn't even know had a water footprint.
Created by UNESCO, waterfootprint.org details the water that goes into a cup of coffee, a banana, a lb. of maize, a steak, etc. Taking quick showers isn't enough; it saves a few gallons, but not enough considering nearly 1/3 of all tap water used for drinking enters our coffee pots, where it remains, never to leave, never to fulfill its caffeinating duties.
Take a look. If anything, you'll have fun facts to throw around at parties, for instance how much water is wasted when an uneaten banana is discarded.
If you've the time, peruse this report on the water footprint of nations (in relative terms, the US tops consumption; percentage-wise, India heads the list); it also details the impact of various crops on world freshwater supplies.