National Garden Clubs | Water Projects

Water Projects

National Garden Clubs, Inc. believes it is imperative that we support and undertake proactive initiatives for the protection, conservation and restoration of the quality of the Nation's coastal waters, wetlands, aquifers, watersheds, lakes, rivers and streams, through educational programs, conservation efforts, increased advocacy and partnerships with related government agencies, and state and national grassroots water coalitions.

What is a water footprint?

A water footprint of a product is the total amount of water needed to make the product - from the very first step in the process to the packaged item on the store shelf.

What are some common water footprints?

  • 660 gallons of water for one cotton shirt
  • 129 gallons for one pound of wheat
  • 2500 to 5000 gallons for one pound of beef
  • 15 gallons for one pound of lettuce
  • 142 gallons for one pound of peaches
  • 220 gallons for one pound of avocadoes
  • 403 gallons for one pound of rice
  • 2497 gallons for one pound of chocolate
  • 815 gallons for one pound of chicken
  • 1630 gallons for one pound of pork

Water Equals Life

And we need to take care of it. Some facts of note concerning the physical significance of water in our lives include:

  • 75% of the human body is water
  • 90% of human blood is water
  • 70 % of the earth's surface is water
  • Water comprises 70% of the Earth's surface.  Land comprises only 30% of the Earth's surface.
  • Of all the water on earth - 97% is contained in the oceans and seas.  2% is in ice caps.
  • 1% of the earth's water is available for our use and only a small percentage of that 1% is accessible.
  • Of that small percentage of accessible water 98% is used for agriculture and industry.
  • Oceans and seas cover 97% of water on earth's surface.
  • Ice caps account for 2% of water on earth's surface.
  • 1% of earth's water is available for our use and only a minute percentage of that 1% is accessible.

The NGC President's Special Project for 2013 - 2015 is:

Making a World of Difference - Choices Matter

As garden clubs and as individuals we should be aware of the issues facing our water supply - not just locally, but nationwide and worldwide - and taking steps to make a difference by making wise choices in the conservation and protection of our water resources - blue gold.

For more information, contact:
Mary Sue Colvin,Making a Difference Water Chairman