There are 3 water guzzler you can be certain of. The energy industry, the chemical industry, and the meat producing industry. Our eating habits just gotten obscener over the years and the water consumption rose. And now you’re about to find out how much water goes into each pound of meat.

Rest assured, it will blow you out your shoes (and socks!).

That’s the amount of meet every American eats on average per Week. This is split between 1,58lb of
beef, 1,19lb of pork, and 2,4lb of poultry. There is a slight rest if 0,06lb of other meat sources
that we will ignore for simplicity.

We are now showing you the amounts of water needed to process and produce all that meat. The water
usage, also called “water footprint”, is normally split into “Green Water” (rain water, etc.), “Blue
Water” and “Gray Water”. The last two are artificially added to the production cycle by man. In this
page we will focus on blue and gray water alone.

Meat-production requires water. Lots of water. To be precise, that is 327 gallons of water a week per person, where beef production requires by far the highest amounts of water. In other words, for the american population combined, that is an unbelievable:

Weekly meat consumption: 1.58lb beef, 1.19lb pork, 2.4lb poutry

Water usage:

**Beef**water usage: 1,851gal (**120gal**blue & gray water) / lb => 120gal * 1.58 = 189gal**Pork**water usage: 719gal (**47gal**blue & gray water) / lb => 47gal * 1.19 = 56gal**Poutry**water usage: 520gal (**34gal**blue & gray water) / lb => 34gal * 2.4 = 82gal

189gal + 56gal + 81gal =

327gal * 328,200,000 (americans) =

107,321,400,000 gallons

(107 billions 321 millions 400 thousand)

Let's check

the Universe

346 towers to the moon

We assert a glass-height of **4 inches** with a capacity of **10.5 fl oz**. That
translates to **0.000063131 miles** and **0.08203125 gallons** for every glass.

107,321,400,000 gallons total / 0,08203125 gallons per glass = 1,308,298,971,428 glasses of water

1,308,298,971,428 glasses * 0.000063131 miles = 82,594,222 miles

Distance to the moon: 238,900 miles 216,810,913 miles of glasses / 283,900 miles to the moon =**346.5643** towers to the moon

107,321,400,000 gallons total / 0,08203125 gallons per glass = 1,308,298,971,428 glasses of water

1,308,298,971,428 glasses * 0.000063131 miles = 82,594,222 miles

Distance to the moon: 238,900 miles 216,810,913 miles of glasses / 283,900 miles to the moon =

If we would fill all that water into normal drinking glasses, we could fill so many glasses, that we could build 357 towers of stacked glasses from the earth to the moon. That is 85.502.374 miles of stacked water glasses.

167 international space stations

The ISS weighs in at **5,341,800lb**.

One gallon of water weighs**8,33lb**. So the total water weight would be
107,321,400,000 gallons * 8,33lb = **893,987,262,000lb**

893,987,262,000lb / 5,341,800lb =**167,3569324947**

One gallon of water weighs

893,987,262,000lb / 5,341,800lb =

The water itself would weigh 5.341.800lb. This is 167 times the weight of the heaviest ever directly weighted object “on earth” - the international space station, or ISS.

Back to

mother earth

167 Pyramids of Giza

The Great Pyramid of Giza has an estimated volume of **641,307,800** gallons.

107,321,400,000 gal / 641,307,800 gal =**167,34772**

107,321,400,000 gal / 641,307,800 gal =

We tried to find a single big object to fit all that water inside. While plantes are to big, 158 times is how often we could fill the greatest of the great Pyramids of Giza with water.

One day straight

We assume the average flow rate of **2.1 gallons per minute**.

107,321,400,000 gal / 2.1 gal = 51,105,428,571 minutes

( 51,105,428,571 / 60 (minutes an hour) ) / 24 (hours a day) =**35.489.881** days of showering straight

Canada has a population of 37,590,000.

107,321,400,000 gal / 2.1 gal = 51,105,428,571 minutes

( 51,105,428,571 / 60 (minutes an hour) ) / 24 (hours a day) =

Canada has a population of 37,590,000.

The average water usage for a ten minute shower is 21 gallons of water. If we took almost the entire population of Canada and put them into a shower, they could all stay for one day straight.

Lets assume you split your meat consumption by one meal with meat every day. If you would skip eating meat just one day every second week we would save 7.665.814.285 gallons of water per week. Beer uses needs 75 gallons per gallon of beer on average. With the saved water, we could produce:

In two weeks, 107.321.400.000gal * 2 would be used. To get the daily usage, we then divide by 14:

(107,321,400,000gal * 2) / 14 = 15,331,628,571 gal

So we would save 15,331,628,571 / 2 = 7,665,814,285 gal per week week.

The average gallon of beer needs 75 gallons of water to produce. We would like to point out that we even include green water for beer in this calculation.

We could brew 7,665,814,285 / 75 =**102,210,857 gallons** of beer which translates to 13.082.989.696 fl oz.

If we now assume a bottle size of 13 fl oz, we end up with 13,082,989,696 / 13 =**1,006,383,822 bottles of beer.**

An estimated 196,899,193 people in america are at the age of 21 or above.

If we divide our bottles by that population, we have 1,006,383,822 / 196,899,193 =**5.111** bottles
for everyone.

(107,321,400,000gal * 2) / 14 = 15,331,628,571 gal

So we would save 15,331,628,571 / 2 = 7,665,814,285 gal per week week.

The average gallon of beer needs 75 gallons of water to produce. We would like to point out that we even include green water for beer in this calculation.

We could brew 7,665,814,285 / 75 =

If we now assume a bottle size of 13 fl oz, we end up with 13,082,989,696 / 13 =

An estimated 196,899,193 people in america are at the age of 21 or above.

If we divide our bottles by that population, we have 1,006,383,822 / 196,899,193 =

102.210.857 gallons of beer

That is enough beer to serve a 13oz bottle of beer to every person in america at the age of 21 or older 5 times.

Besides water consumption there is one more thing that should get us all thinking. The natural life span of an animal vs. the slaughter age. Did you know that you not only eat animals but in fact the kids of animals?

Slaughter Age is on average **below 10%** of the
animal’s Natural Life Span

You want that to stop? Educate yourself:

- Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (on Netflix)
- Before the Flood (on Netflix)
- Our Planet (on Netflix)
- David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (on Netflix)
- What the Health (on Netflix)
- Rotten, Series (on Netflix)
- Seaspiracy (on Netflix)

- Meat consumption by country
- Average water consumption and general information on water footprint
- Water consumption per meat category
- Water consumption beer
- Average beer bottle size america
- People at the age of 21 in america
- Shower gallons / min
- Inhabitants by state
- ISS
- Pyramids of Giza

Credits:

- Images from pixybay.com