Friday, April 8, 2011

What to Drink in the Morning?

Hello Water Lovers!

In one of my classes a few weeks ago the professor was showing us how much water goes into the foods that we eat. The was a section showing thinking about how much water goes into coffee and tea. And I figured, why not see what's less water intensive to drink in the morning, tea or coffee?

Well, I grabbed the stats from our friends at The Water Footprint Network and found (like always) some interesting numbers. For 1 cup (250 mL) of coffee it takes approximately 140 litres of water. Adding in 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of milk means another 30 litres of water. So in total that's 170 litres for a coffee. For the same amount of tea (250 mL), it takes roughly 30 litres of water. Again, adding 30 mL of milk brings the total up to 60 litres. So, in terms of water usage, I should stick to tea.

As a fun little project, I also went through and determined the approximate water usage for different Tim Horton's orders (Note: I couldn't find information for the water used to make cream, we'll just have to get by with milk in our figurative coffee. I also assumed that one serving of sugar is 2 grams, based on a quick look at different brands of sugar packets)

This morning I drank 2 cups of coffee with 2 tablespoons of milk each, the water needed to produce that was roughly 340 liters. Pretty incredible.

And because I am a huge fan of trivia, here are some fun facts:
  • It requires 120 billion cubic meters of water to produce the coffee consumed by Earth's population in one year
  • For Earth's population's annual consumption of tea, 30 billion cubic meters of water are required
  • Sugar accounts for roughly 3.4% of the global water use for crop production

That's all for now, I will be starting my water tracking tomorrow and I am very excited! I would also like to plug my new page about Water Conservation Resources! Check it out!

Cheers from the Water Warrior,


Monday, April 4, 2011

Water-Use Calculator Found!

Hello Blogging World!

I apologize for my wretched lack of posts for the past week. School has definitely become a bit of an obstacle when it comes to finding time to do some writing!

After some careful consideration, I've decided to use the Environment Canada water-use calculator. It's a very simple to use calculator and it allows me to see the average national daily water use, as well as the average provincial daily water use. Although the calculator provides me with an average daily water use, I'm going to multiply it by 7 for a weekly water use.

If you want to check it out, here's the link! You have to create an account to use it but it took me a couple minutes to do that, completely worth it! Also, feel free to head over to my new page about water-use resources!

That's all for now. Unfortunately finals season is coming up and there won't be a lot of time to post for the next couple weeks. I will do my best though!

Cheers from the Water Warrior,