Water Trivia

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Here are some interesting facts about water conservation and usage. All facts come from 55 Facts Figures & Follies of Water Conservation.

  1. All the water in the world today is the same water that was here thousands of years ago. The water from your faucet could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank, or that Columbus sailed across.
  2. Nearly 97% of the world's water is salty or otherwise undrinkable, and 2% of the world's water is locked in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves only 1% available for all of humanity's needs.
  3. The United States uses some 450 billion gallons of water every day. Only 6% of that is used by public water supply systems.
  4. The US daily average of water pumped by public water supply systems is 185 gallons per person.
  5. Less than 1% of the treated water produced by water utilities is actually consumed for drinking. The rest goes on lawns, in washing machines, and down toilets and drains.
  6. If water and soft drinks were equally costly, your water bill would skyrocket more than 10,000%.
  7. If everyone in the US flushed the toilet just one less time per day, we could save a lake full of water about a mile long, a mile wide, and four feet deep every day.
  8. Every glass of water brought to your table in a restaurant requires another two glasses of water to wash and rinse the glass. We could save 26 million gallons of water per day if 1 person in 4 declined the complimentary glassful.
  9. Often, half or more of the water used by households is used outdoors.
  10. Inside your house, bathroom facilities claim nearly 75% of the water used daily.