Ethanol Uses Only Small Amount of Water in Production

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According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, it takes only three gallons of water to produce one gallon of ethanol. Think that’s a lot of water? Here are some water statistics from the U.S. Geological Survey:

  • 1,000 gallons – amount needed to grow the wheat to make ONE loaf of bread
  • 50 gallons  – amount it takes to machine wash ONE load of clothes
  • 2 gallons – amount that goes down the drain while waiting for cold water
  • 1,800 gallons – amount needed to produce the cotton in ONE pair of jeans
  • 39,000 gallons – amount needed to produce ONE automobile
  • 150 gallons – amount needed to produce ONE average-sized Sunday newspaper
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