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What is "Waterprint"?
Water is a water footprint?
What is virtual water?
How is a water footprint calculated?
Where did all this water footprint information come from?
Who is Forester Media?
What is Water Efficiency magazine?

What is "Waterprint"?
Waterprint is a one-of-a-kind iPhone application that helps you calculate just how much water is imbedded in your daily activities, including what you wear, eat and drink. 

Water is a water footprint?
The idea of a water footprint, first introduced by A.Y. Hoekstra and P.Q. Hung from UNESCO-IHE in 2002, is that both direct and indirect water use by a particular entity—consumer, community, or commercial/industrial enterprise—can be measured by adding up the total amount of freshwater used to produce the goods and services consumed by that entity.

What is virtual water?
Defined as “imbedded water costs,” the idea behind virtual water is that any product—be it food or commercial goods—requires a certain amount of water to be produced. Once a water scarce region identifies goods that come with a high virtual water cost, they can develop regional partnerships with their neighbors, who can produce the same item without the same strain on their own water resources.

How is a water footprint calculated?
As defined by the Water Footprint Network (www.waterfootprint.org), "The water footprint of an individual is defined as the total amount of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual as a result of its own consumption pattern and country of residence."

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Where did all this water footprint information come from?
The information provided in this application was compiled from a variety of sources, which have been cited extensively throughout this application.  We are particularly indebted to the hard work and generosity of the Water Footprint Network, which granted us permission to publish their copyrighted material in this application.
For your convenience, we have included information about the sources used throughout this application. 

The Water Footprint Network: waterfootpring.org
United States Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov/
US Geological Survey: www.usgs.gov/
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program CHNEP. www.chnep.org/NEP/NEP.htm; www.chnep.org/MoreInfo/water_conservation_facts.htm

Who is Forester Media?
Established in 1990, Forester Media provides a broad range of communication and information solutions—magazines, conferences & exhibitions, directories, online media, books, marketing services—for targeted, highly focused markets. With highly esteemed brands in authoritative positions reaching key business sectors, we deliver unrivaled access to business professionals across a diverse range of industries. Forester publishes the award-winning trade magazines: Stormwater, MSW Management, Grading and Excavation Contractor, Erosion Control, Distributed Energy and Water Efficiency.

What is Water Efficiency magazine?
Water Efficiency, The Journal for Water Resource Management, is published 6 times a year and reaches more than 25,000 readers responsible for minimizing water loss in municipal, industrial, commercial, residential, and agricultural settings. If you are professionally involved with water efficiency, this publication is written for you. As with our other titles, a limited number of subscriptions are available on a no-charge basis to qualified readers.
www.waterefficiency.net

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