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Embedded Water: A Clearer Picture of How Much We Actually Use


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Respect the bean?  How about Respect the Drop!  Water’s earned it. It’s a huge player in everything we consume and use. How much water did it take to make the device you are reading this blog on?  10% of all water withdrawn in Canada is used in manufacturing.

The amount of water we as humans use doesn’t stop when we put down an empty drinking glass. Drinking water is the easiest part of water consumption to see and understand but it’s only the tip of the iceberg (no pun intended) when it comes to our total usage. If you sit back and think, you can quickly develop a list of household applications that centre around water. However, most of the water that we use is embedded in the products and processes we use and participate in every day.

It’s this concept of embedded water that groups like the Gordon Foundation  and the Water Footprint Network (WFN) are trying to push to the forefront of the water usage discussion. This neat interactive tool from the WFN shows just how far reaching our need for fresh water is. If you’re reading this while you sit at a desk, the coffee in that mug beside you took somewhere in the neighborhood of 130 litres of water to grow, harvest, ship and brew. If you prefer tea, your cuppa weighs in around 30 litres. Depending on what your lunch plans are, you could be looking at a few hundred more litres of water usage. A humble peanut butter sandwich with a banana on the side will cost you around 250 litres (not including the brown bag, of course).

Water usage is unavoidable. It’s the lynchpin for almost everything we consume on a daily basis. Not only do we drink it, we bathe in it, eat it, wear it and drive it. At LuminUltra we’re constantly striving to help our clients around the globe use water efficiently. Our products and services exist to help people and the organizations they represent safeguard our water resources.


LuminUltra Team

Founded in 1995, LuminUltra is a global leader in applied molecular biology diagnostics, with solutions and services that deliver accurate and actionable feedback in bioprocessing, biofouling, and biosecurity applications. With operations in six countries, LuminUltra serves dozens of Fortune 500 customers across more than 100 countries. At the same time, LuminUltra fosters a culture of innovation and agility, working tirelessly to deliver more value to customers. In recent years it has been on an accelerated growth path, acquiring multiple companies after forming a partnership with XPV Water Partners.  

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