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What’s the Water Footprint?

LA Is Thirsty

See how much water it takes to make your favorite things

it takes 60 gallons of water to produce one avocado
it takes 20 gallons of water to produce a glass of beer
it takes 1,250 gallons of water to produce a ream of paper
it takes 2,113 gallons of water to produce a pair of jeans
it takes 52 gallons of water to produce a large egg
it takes 378 gallons of water to produce a chocolate bar
it takes 660 gallons of water to produce a hamburger

it takes 60 gallons of water to produce one avocado

it takes 20 gallons of water to produce 1 pint of beer

it takes 1,250 gallons of water to produce 1 ream of paper

it takes 2,113 gallons of water to produce 1 pair of jeans

it takes 52 gallons of water to produce one large egg

it takes 378 gallons of water to produce one chocolate bar

it takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger

it takes 36 gallons of water to produce 1 cup of coffee

it takes 713 gallons of water to produce one cotton t-shirt

it takes 381 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of cheese

Where does our water come from in LA County?

In LA County, roughly ⅔ of our water comes from outside sources via aqueducts that import the water. The remainder comes from local sources such as groundwater basins, recycled water, and stormwater. See The LA Water Journey for more information.

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What is a watershed?

An area of land where streams and rainfall drain into a common outlet, like a lake, river, or the ocean. LA County’s watersheds include some of our most iconic natural spaces, like the LA River and the Santa Monica Bay. Learn about your watershed here.

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How did LA County’s population become so big when the climate is this dry?

The answer lies in our complex water management system, which began to take shape relatively recently in the 20th Century. Visit our History page to learn how Angelenos built and adapted our water system to provide water for over 10 million people.

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Can I still sign up for a free reusable water bottle?

Yes, you can! Visit our sign up page to submit your information. You’ll receive a free water bottle and join Water for LA’s community of water advocates.

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What is Water for LA?

Water for LA is a program to transform LA County residents into empowered, informed water advocates. Learn more about Water for LA’s mission and vision for LA County here.

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What can I do to conserve water?

Reducing the use of running water at home, both indoors and out, is a great start. You can also start to cut back your consumption of things that require a lot of water to make like certain foods, fuel, and other products. Visit our Conservation page for tips and information on how to make every drop count.

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