Definition of water footprint in English:

water footprint


  • The amount of fresh water utilized in the production or supply of the goods and services used by a particular person or group.

    ‘major supermarket chains are already understood to be considering how to reduce their water footprint’
    • ‘Water footprints can also be calculated at an individual level; it is simply the sum of the virtual water content of all products consumed.’
    • ‘Even our use of water is now problematised, with various charities telling us to measure our 'water footprint' and only to shower every other day.’
    • ‘Effective management of other acute reputational issues such as supply chains or carbon and water footprints are no longer optional extras; it's now a commercial necessity if businesses intend to grow market share.’
    • ‘The water footprint of buildings, communities, and cities is being scrutinized as a measure of a project's sustainability.’
    • ‘Prof Lang, who devised the term 'food miles' more than ten years ago, said the water footprint of food was just as great as its carbon footprint.’
    • ‘Thus being aware of our individual water footprint can help us use water more carefully.’
    • ‘Peru is virtually the only place in the world where the peak rainfall and sunshine occur at the same time of year, which allows the T-shirt a very low water footprint compared to most other cotton-growing regions in the world.’
    • ‘Add all this virtual water together and you have a water footprint for a person, a business, a community or a country.’
    • ‘Companies which innovate not only to reduce their water consumption but also the water footprint of its products will be best placed to face the consumer and regulatory front.’
    • ‘All of us need to apply as much rigour to reducing our water footprint as we have begun belatedly to apply to the reduction of our carbon one.’
    • ‘Thus a meat diet implies a larger water footprint of about 4,000 litres of water a day, versus 1,500 litres for a vegetarian diet.’
    • ‘Second, that when virtual water is taken into account, consumers in developed nations are leaving a large water footprint not just in their own countries but across the globe too.’
    • ‘He warned that rationing was a distinct possibility unless people cut back on food that used a large "water footprint" and imported food.’
    • ‘Where traditional indicators of water use relate only to production, the water footprint takes the consumption perspective.’
    • ‘The carbon and water footprints associated with producing beef are about 20 times larger than maize production.’