How much water does it take?

I have no idea if these figures are correct.

Regardless of that, the issue isn’t necessarily how much water it takes to make something, but how much water is available when it’s needed and able to be used in a sustainable way.

In New Zealand we generally have plenty of water.

Anyone trying to enjoy a summer holiday, make hay, shear, harvest fruit and vegetables or do anything else which is better with fine weather would say we’re having too much.

Our problem is that we don’t always have the amount of water we want in the right place at the right time.

One solution to that is water storage – taking water when there’s too much and keeping it to use when there’s not enough.

3 Responses to How much water does it take?

  1. Alwyn says:

    The figures are very likely correct but there is a tendency to double count things when producing these sort of results.
    It is quite likely, for example, that it is the same water that is being used to produce the beef AND the leather as it will be the water used to grow the grass the cattle eat.
    Don’t get too worried though. The average discharge from the Clutha into the sea is of the order of 600,000 litres per second, or 52,000,000,000 litres per day. Quite a lot isn’t it?


  2. willdwan says:

    You need to be careful with this one. Greenies like to create the impression that the water used is lost forever, rather than just cycled around. You know what they’re like.


  3. Gravedodger says:

    How many liters of water to make one green melon MP who wants to cease all productive uses of water in their adopted country?

    Massive savings right there???


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