footprint is an indicator of water use that
includes both direct and indirect water use of a consumer or producer. It's defined as the total
volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual or community
or the business. Water use is measured in water volume consumed, either evaporated and/or polluted per
unit of time.
The water footprint of an individual consumer refers to the sum of direct and
indirect freshwater use by the consumer.
- The direct water use is the water used at home.
- The indirect water use relates to the total volume of freshwater that is used
to produce the goods and services consumed.