[NetBehaviour] The Virtual Water project

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Oct 9 11:01:32 CEST 2008

The Virtual Water project

Water is probably one of the most precious resources and vital for 
everyone’s everyday life. In spite of this obvious fact, people use 
large amounts of water: drinking, cooking and washing, but even more for 
producing things such as food, paper, cotton clothes, etc.

One of the most important research papers in this field is Chapagain, 
A.K. and Hoekstra, A.Y. (2004), »Water footprints of nations«, Value of 
Water Research Report Series No. 16, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands. 
Designer Timm Kekeritz created a poster, visualizing parts of their 
research data, to make the issue of virtual water and the water 
footprint perceptible.

The water footprint of a person, company or nation is defined as the 
total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the commodities, 
goods and services consumed by the person, company or nation. The idea 
of the water footprint is quite similar to the ecological footprint, but 
focussing on the use of water.


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