[Infographic] The growing global water footprint

While this infographic, (courtesy of Custom Made) is geared towards our North American Friends, It's worth considering it in relation to our own water consumption habits.

The average Australian consumes 340 litres of water a day while water scarcity affects 783 million people worldwide. In countries where clean water supplies are not readily available the tasks of sourcing water falls mostly to women and girls.

Girls under 15 are twice as likely as boys to be the responsible family member for fetching water, with 64% of households relying on women to get the family's water when there is no water source in the home . This takes valuable time away from educational opportunities. However, even if girls make it to school over half of the developing world's primary schools don't have access to water and sanitation facilities. Without toilets, girls often drop out at puberty. This has a trickle on effect as research has shown that for every 10% increase in women's literacy, a country's whole economy can grow by up to 0.3%

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