How Much Water Is In Your Hamburger? And Other Things You Didn’t Know Need Water to Produce

By Dr. Mark LeChevallier – November 8, 2012 – Comment

We use water in so many obvious ways every day — washing our hands, our clothes, drinking to quench thirst, for our pets to drink, watering our lawns, and more. But water was also used to make the steel in your faucet, and the glass you’re drinking out of. Even the pipes themselves need water to be produced.

It’s amazing when you start to think of all of the ways that water is used to produce a wide range of products and services. Take a look at just the few ways you’ll encounter water without having realized it:

I’ve walked you through a day in my life of water consumption before, and mentioned my lunchtime hamburger routine, which all told takes over 625 gallons of water to produce when you consider the meat, bun, condiments and any veggies. If you’d like fries with that burger, it takes another 6 gallons of water during growth and production to make that.

If you drove somewhere to get that burger and fries, it took 39,090 gallons of water to make your car.

If you took a five minute shower before leaving the house, you used anywhere between 15-25 gallons of water. My guess is that your shower was a bit longer though…

In a single day, you’ll use around 100 gallons of water in a straightforward manner. Now add that to the 40,000 gallons or so of water that was involved just in getting lunch, and you’ll see that you interact with so many thousands of gallons of water on a daily basis.

Water is essential for so many jobs, and the list goes on. Water keeps you running, and it keeps close to everything and everyone around you running too. Sometimes it’s hard to put into perspective how crucial water is to our daily lives. It’s more than just watering flowers or quenching your thirst, so today, take a minute to look around and appreciate all that water does for you.