On average, each American uses 2,000 gallons of water a day when you calculate the amount of water it takes to make the food and products we consume. About 50 percent of that comes from food, 30 percent from energy use, 10 percent from materials such as clothing, and the rest from home activities such as cleaning and cooking. (We directly use about 100 gallons of water a day for such things as drinking, washing clothes, and irrigation, according the United States Geological Survey.)
With the Southwest drying up, and few initiatives addressing the drought in the midterm elections, the future of water might well hinge on personal responsibility. So consider how much water it takes to produce these 12 everyday items.