I think there is no water lost exactly. I guess it costs money to pump water. One bigger issue is that we in America are one of the few places int he world that spends the effort and energy to “purify” all of our water, even what we flush etc., while most people just purify their drinking water etc.
It also makes a statement about general lifestyle differences I think. We are consumers, some would say that we are extremist over consumers. We are using that water to wash things that the others don’t have, or to water lawns so they’ll look pretty, or do other things that many would call vanity.
But then there are a lot of places where there is an abundance of water,…like here. We use it, we spend a small amount of energy moving it, and then it goes back into the cycle with little lost. But if you’re a Mexican in northern Mexico that used to rely on the Colorado River to irrigate your farm, but now the entire river is being pumped to southern California and never reaches your farm anymore, just to water someones flower bed, or wash their 6 cars, or their 12 dogs, you might have a problem with it.
On a similar note, I saw a documentary about how China is totally diverting two of Bangladesh’s biggest rivers before they cross the border. They are basically planning to totally use all the water from two rivers the size of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers before they get to Bngladesh. No one seems to be real sure what the result will be. I wish I could remember where I saw that so I could try to find a copy. It’s a little hazy in my memory as I think I saw it on tv at a hotel somewhere. …Just an interesting thought…Maybe Bangladesh has enough water to make it work otherwise.
The politics of water. I bet the guys out west could tell some stories about it. Around here it’s about Atlanta taking too much water out of the rivers before they get to Alabama. When I was growing up in Florida it was about the lowering of the aquifer and ruining everyone artesian wells and creating massive sink holes that swallowed acres.
Anyway, that’s off subject.
Those numbers came from a group called data360 and were verified by several other organizations, though they probably all get them from the same place. As I understand it, it’s not figuring all the water for agriculture and industry, just household use. It wouldn’t be fair to credit one country with the water they use to grow food for the other country, etc.
At first I thought it had to be lop-sided, but it’s not hard to figure if you think about all the ways we use water that folks in Mozambique don’t. washing cars, dishes, laundry, houses, dogs, watering flower beds, etc…My wife is from Houston, TX. When I would visit her there before we married, this country boy couldn’t believe that people actually hose down the sidewalks, driveways and streets after they mow their grass. And her neighbor had sprinklers on the roof to water the roof when the temp got to a certain point. He had figured out that it was cheaper to buy the city’s treated water to cool his house than to buy the electricity to run the air conditioners.
On the other hand, if you don’t have a car, you only have a couple dishes, you have one set of clothes, and you eat all the dogs you can find, there’s not as much call for huge amounts of water.And if you are carrying all the water you use an average of 3.7 miles, you look for reasons not to use any more than youhave to.
We lived in an Amish community for 2 years and had to haul all our water in IBC tanks with horses. I can testify that hauling water will make you stop using it. We lived on 250 gallons a week. That’s 35 gal per day. drinking, bathing, laundry, cooking, watering livestock. You don’t do anything else.
The 7 gallons for a family of 6 in Mozambique is basically drinking and cooking-rice water.
Anyway, sorry to be so long-winded…