270 gallons of H2O = 1lb of processed sugar. — MB
Think about this, the next time a TV actor implores you to skip shaving, or fix a leaky faucet: The US energy industry hogs almost half of country’s water supply each year for its largely inefficient plants.
And, for those of you seeking a “gotcha” on this one, the figure — from a first-of-its-kind study, looking at industrial water consumption — does not include hydroelectric power.
Agribusiness wastes water like crazy, as well. From the new report, an example:
“Manufacturers, farmers, shippers and others in the ‘supply chain’ use almost 270 gallons of water to put $1 worth of sugar on supermarket shelves, according to a new study documenting American industry’s water use.”