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It isn’t always obvious that water is used in varying amounts in producing all the materials used to build or remodel a house. And the cost of that water use is passed on to the end user, the home buyer/remodeler. So there are two good reasons to find out the “water costs” involved in your project: conservation of money and conservation of natural resources.

Kostigen lists the virtual water content of a variety of items we consume or use in our daily lives and occasionally suggests alternative products. Below, I’ve pulled a few items out of his chapter on Building Materials and Appliances. The numbers are shocking.
Carpet: 14,750 Gallons for 1,000 sq.ft. of synthetic carpeting.
Alternative: Using carpet made from recycled plastic bottles can cut the virtual water content by 86%

Read the whole article here.

Via: Fine Homebuilding

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