Water consumption for a 12-ounce can of beverage: 2100 ounces


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Having a can of pop instead of water with your meals may seem like a solution to the droughts plaguing much of the nation. Unfortunately, a 12-oz can of beverage probably used 66.6 quarts of water before it found its way to your dinner table.

This perspective on water use information comes from I. C. James II , J. C. Kammerer, and C. R. Murray, hydrologists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Center in Reston, Virginia, and is published in the USGS 1976 annual report.