Quest 2: A fair share
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How much water does one person need?
You think you’re pretty solid, but seven tenths of your body weight is water. If
you lose one per cent of that water, you feel thirsty. Lose 10 per cent or
more, and you risk death. Humans can only survive three days without water. We
need to drink two to five litres of water per day to survive, depending on the
climate and our level of activity. But not everyone has the water they need.
It takes a recommended 50 litres per day to meet one person’s basic water
Half the world’s population uses 95 litres per person per day.
than 200 litres
People in industrialised countries like New Zealand use more than 200 litres
per person per day.
than 10 litres
People in water-stressed countries like Niger use less than 10 litres per
person per day.
Basic water needs
In New Zealand the average person uses 227 litres:
||86 litres per day
|Bathing & Hygiene
||68 litres per day
||36 litres per day
||32 litres per day
||5 litres per day
More than 70% of this is used in the bathroom. More than 20% is used in the
kitchen and laundry.
Find out more
Answer four questions to find out how much water you use
Select Millenium Development Goal 7
Map showing Access to safe water around
the world (print A3)