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Some Water Facts!

Posted in Comment,Diet,Food Miles,Food Trends,International,Sustainability,Sustainable Sourcing by foodservicefootprint on September 13, 2009
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Last week, the subject of water was raised with us repeatedly in light of the ever-increasing anti-bottled-water momentum.

Here are a few lesser known facts about fresh water, that might serve as a fundament to understanding the ambiguity of this issue:

97% of the worlds water is in the ocean. Of the 3% of fresh water, three quarters of it is locked in the polar ice caps, some of it billions of years old. Most of the rest of groundwater, in the soil and rock, seeping gradually back into the sea.

Less than 1% of the world’s freshwater (0.008% of the total) is sufficient to fill all the world’s rain clouds, lakes, swamps and rivers.

There is a clear link between access to safe water in a country and its GDP.

It is estimated that by 2025 more than half of the world will be facing problems caused by lack of water

More than a quarter of the British water supply is wasted through leaky pipes.

There is half as much fresh water in Africa today as there was in 1970.

70% of available fresh water each year is used in agriculture.

It takes 2,800 litres of water to grow a kg of rice and 50 glasses of water to grow enough oranges to make a glass of orange juice.

Perhaps the bottled water sceptics might consider some of these points when they next drink a glass of orange juice. We clearly have a global water problem that needs to be addressed but can the blame for this be laid at the door of the mineral and spring water industry?

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