Every day the world uses 10 billion tons of freshwater, but some of us use more water than others.
According to the World Health Organization, the average person needs a minimum of 20 liters of water per day in order to meet basic hygiene, food hygiene, sanitation, and consumption needs—not including laundry and bathing.
The average American, on the other hand, uses between 400 and 650 liters of water per day. The biggest single driver of that? Flushing toilets, and then in order, showering, run-ning faucets, and washing clothes.
Europeans tend to be more economical in their water usage, with averages ranging from 265 liters per person, per day in Spain, to 164 liters in France.
The amount of bottled water consumed per person each year also varies, with a high of 125 liters in North America, a low of 31 liters in Africa, and a worldwide average of 50 liters.