You’ve heard the term “carbon footprint,” but did you know there’s such thing as a “water footprint?” It refers to the total volume of freshwater that’s used to produce the goods and services someone consumes. Since water is a finite source, it’s important to be mindful of how much we use every day.
Just how much water does the average person use?
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the average American consumes 80-100 gallons of water every day. If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. Here’s how that number can be broken down:
- Bath: 36 gallons
- Shower: 5 gallons of water/minute
- Teeth brushing: <1 gallon
- Shaving: 1 gallon
- Dishwasher: 6-16 gallons
- Dish washing by hand: 8-27 gallons
- Laundry: 25-40 gallons/load
- Toilet flush: 2-4 gallons/flush
- Drinking water (not including water used to cook): 0.5 gallons/day, per person
- Outdoor watering: 2 gallons/minute
How much do Thomson Nyumba Camps use?
Water is a limited resource all over the world, and that’s especially the case in Tanzania, where the clean water supply is scarce. Thomson Safaris works hard to offer guests eco-friendly trips that never sacrifice comfort. With a few strategic adjustments to the design of the Thomson Nyumba Camps, the team was able to create a camp that uses a fraction of the water used in an average American household.
Check out the graphic below to see exactly how the exclusive Thomson Nyumba Camps are designed to reduce water consumption and waste.