Ben writes: As Australians, we enjoy the simple things. Sun, waves and beers. And we should, because we live in the so called ‘lucky country’: blessed with beautiful weather, beautiful weather, and good times. So, as we live on the driest inhabitable continent in the world, you would think we as a nation would be as water conscious as we could in an effort to protect our unique and stunning land. But instead, we need ever blooming gardens to be the envy of Old Lady Jefferson down the street.
Australia is the world’s largest household consumer of water. And by a fair margin. We consume on average 341,000 litres of water per person, per day. The next closest nation is Canada at 279,000 litres pp, pd. Perhaps even more staggering is when we add farming practices and industrial production to that figure, we balloon out to 1.4 million litres per person, per day. And all from a nation that is practically a desert. To put this in perspective, the global average household consumption of water is 57,000 litres pp, pd.