The focus of this year’s World Water Day is food security. Which adds an extra dimension to the fact that parts of England are now officially in drought and a hose pipe ban will be imposed on 5th of April. The focus on food security takes us beyond wondering whether our gardens will wither in the drought, and into wondering about our basic need for food and water.
There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat ’drinks up’ 1,500 litres.
For more info go to the UN Water website and the WWF World Water Day webpages
For advise on water-saving measures click on the link to documents produced by the local council on Water saving at home and Sustainable drainage.
With water meters being installed across Hadlow in a few months, here’s also a link to a useful website to check on water usage and water saving advise on the Energy Saving Trust website