Animal agriculture is draining water supplies across the country, and almost 50% of California’s water goes toward the production of meat and dairy. Governor Brown’s plan to combat the drought in California doesn’t address the biggest culprit: animal agriculture. His order to cut water use by 25% in cities should apply to meat and dairy farms which guzzle up California’s water. Rivers are siphoned not just for the animals but for crops like alfalfa grown for animals on factory farms. By going vegan, you save 219,000 gallons of water a year [Source: National Geographic: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-conservation-tips/]. Eating one pound of beef uses as much water as about six months worth of showers.
Going vegetarian can reduce your water footprint by almost 60 percent.