10 Surprising Ways Water Is Used

First Posted: 03/22/2012 6:51 am   Updated: 03/22/2012 9:08 am

Environmentally conscious Canadians have long been aware of how humans can affect the world's supply of water, like the way it swirls down household drains in copious amounts.


But water is also used in everyday products at similarly astounding rates.


With that in mind, the UN is asking people around the world to consume less water-intensive products and reduce their food waste – which in turn reduces the water used to produce all that we eat.


On UN World Water Day, March 22, here's a look at some products that contain more water than you might think.

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A beef burger produced in the Netherlands costs about 1,000 litres of water. The soy-based vegetarian version still costs about 160 litres. Source: The Institute for Water Education
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