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There's How Much Water In My Hamburger?

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Tracking Your Water Footprint

People use lots of water for drinking, cooking and washing, but even more for producing things such as paper, cotton clothes and food — you'd be amazed how much water it takes to make a single hamburger. Or the beer you might drink with it.

The water footprint is an indicator of water use that looks at both direct and indirect water use of a consumer or producer. The water footprint of an individual, community or business is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual or community or produced by the business.

Click ahead to see how much water it takes to make average products — products you consume every day.

By Constance Parten
Posted 28 Sept 2010

Source: Waterfootprint.org