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Bring on the waterworks: how is water used in my watershed?


vegetables in grocery store

Water is a constant in our daily lives. We need it to drink, cook and clean. We need it for waste disposal, fire protection, watering our lawns and gardens and washing our cars. We also need water to grow our food. Farmers use water for watering crops and feeding livestock.

dog drinking water

Animals that live on farms, wild animals, birds and pets all need clean water to drink. Studies have shown that cattle that have access to clean water are healthy and gain more weight. Fish and organisms that live in Lake Winnipeg and all the other lakes and rivers in Manitoba also need clean water for survival.


laundry drying outside

Water is used in many ways that you would never expect. The amount of water used to make a product is called “virtual water.” Large quantities of water are used to produce many of our daily goods. For example, it takes:

  • 3 litres of water for a cow to produce 1 litre of milk

  • 300 litres of water to produce 1 kilogram of paper

  • 1,000 litres of water to grow 1 kilogram of potatoes

  • 2,400 litres to make one (150g) hamburger

  • 2,700 litres to make one (250g) cotton t-shirt

  • 8,000 litres to make one pair of leather shoes

From making automobile tires to hamburgers, water is essential in almost every item we use.

creek beside a forest and field

The choices you make in the grocery store, shopping mall and when shopping online can make a difference. You can cut down the amount of virtual water you use by:

  • Planning groceries and meals better. Cutting down food waste cuts down water waste.

  • Reduce your use of paper.

  • Instead of printing things out, read them on your computer or phone

  • Limit the junk mail you receive by adding a sign to your mailbox

  • Use old rags or washable cloths instead of paper towels when cleaning

  • Buy used items, including clothes and electronics.

To learn more ways to reduce your water consumption, visit our website and do what matters today.


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