Good morning soap lovers, I would like to share a few facts about water with you, our most precious natural resource.
A quarter of the world's population is without safe drinking water.
A single tree can give off 265 litres of water per day in transpiration.
A tap that drips once every second waste 30 litres of water daily.
About 25,700 litres of water is required to grow a day's food for a family of four.
Australia currently has approximately 1 million bores in use and this number continues to grow each year.
Australia is the highest user of water per person in the world, despite being the driest inhabited continent.
Australia is the world's driest inhabited continent. 70% of our land is arid.
Australia uses approximately 25,000 gigalitres of water per annum - which is equivalent to 50 Sydney Harbours.
Damage caused by salinity costs the Australian economy more than $250 million annually.
Australia’s average annual rainfall is approximately 460mm but this has very large variations.
In the1950s Australians consumed around 185 litres of water per day for domestic uses.
Today, the average daily consumption of water per head of population is 500 litres. This includes water used in homes, agriculture and industry.
I have my daily water consumption down to 80 litres per day by recycling from shower to toilet.
Two-thirds of the water used in a home is used in the bathroom.
One flush of a Western toilet uses as much water as the average person in the developing world uses for a whole day’s washing, drinking, cleaning and cooking.
Within 25 years, half the world’s population could have trouble finding enough fresh water for drinking and irrigation.
Please think before you turn that tap on and have a beautiful day.