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ENOUGH WATER? by Firefly Books


A Guide to What We Have and How We Use It

by Firefly Books

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-77085-819-0
Publisher: Firefly

An exploration of our “water footprint” in infographics, with suggestions for reducing it.

Rows of water bottles or jugs give visual expression to the amount of fresh water consumed in various everyday activities or required to produce a series of common foods and other items. The numbers, all given in metric and English units, are startling: a disposable diaper requires 545 liters (or 144 gallons), for instance; a pair of jeans takes 7,600 liters (2,000 gallons); producing a smartphone consumes 910 liters (240 gallons); a single spaghetti noodle requires 1.85 liters (roughly a half gallon). Sources for these figures aren’t specified but presumably come from the technical reports that make up the bibliography. In any case, they speak for themselves—which is good, as the introductory narrative and accompanying commentary run to broad generalities (“In school, we learn that people in places like Africa do not have enough water”). The “Water-Saving Tips” at the end not only address adults and children indiscriminately, but even if rigorously adopted will result in, at best, minor local reductions in water use. A cast of white or light-skinned children add shiny faces to the bright, clean layouts.

Cogent statistics and topic somewhat diluted by a simplistic presentation.

(index, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 8-10)