Water is essential to our very existence. We need it to survive.
Today, nearly 1 billion individuals don’t have access to clean drinking water. In developing countries, many people suffer water scarcity and water borne illnesses. 
Yet here, in developed countries, many of us take this privilege of having access to clean water for granted. We are often quite ignorant and careless of how our actions are affecting the world around us.
The good new is, many of us are becoming concerned about global water scarcity and taking steps to save water.
We are advised to save water using methods including; not watering our lawns, using low flow shower heads, and fixing leaky sprinklers and faucets. This is great, but contrary to popular belief, these are quite ineffective ways to conserve our resources.
Unfortunately, major environmental organizations and the mainstream media isn’t informing us, and is in fact hiding from us, a method in which we could save far more water than every environmental organisation’s recommendations.
The truth is, all the water we use in private homes- for laundry, showers, sprinklers, brushing our teeth- accounts for only about 5% of water consumed in the US. On the other hand, 55% of water consumed in the United States is for animal agriculture. 
This is mainly due to the intense amount of water that is used to grow all the feed crops for the animals in the meat dairy and egg industry. In addition, while the animals are kept alive in the industries, they also consume high quantities of water. Simply said, raising animals for food is a massive waste of resources.
If you add up the government’s recommendations from the save our water campaign, you could save about 47 gallons of water a day.  But by simply following a vegan diet, you could save 1,100 gallons of water, compared to someone following the average american diet.
Here are some examples of how much water is consumed for our food:
2,500 gallons of water = 1 pound of beef. (conservative number, can reach 8000 gallons!)
1,000 gallons of water = 1 gallon of milk 
900 gallons of water = 1lb. of cheese 
634 gallons of water= a dozen eggs (53 gallons or water/egg)
109 gallons of water= 1 stick of butter 
90 gallons of water= 6oz greek yogurt 
A loaf of bread = 288 gallons
1 pound of beans=43 gallons of water
A pound of lettuce = 30 gallons
As you can see, animals products take far loads more water to produce, than plant foods. In fact, animal agriculture is not just a water issue. It is also the leading cause of almost every environmental issue including; species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction. 
Start to think twice about how your actions are affecting the world around you. It may feel as if you can’t make a difference, after all, you are only one human being in this massive world. But the truth is, you don’t get to choose whether or not your going to make a difference, because every single thing you do makes a difference.
What you get to choose, is what kind of difference your going to make.