The Fearman family shared the story of their prematurely-born triplets with me more than a decade ago. It’s a story I’m still proud of, and one that is referenced in the journalism feature writing textbook The Bigger Picture.

How much water do we use? That was the question my sister Tina and I asked about ourselves and the little house we share in Toronto. The taps, flushes and washer cycles didn’t surprise us–but the water that goes into the things we consume sure did.