Our Water Supply
- You could survive about a month without food; however, you could only survive five to seven days without water.
- Each American uses an average of 160 gallons of water a day at an average cost of twenty-seven cents.
- Each day, the average person uses two gallons of water to brush his or her teeth.
- A ten-minute shower uses about fifty-five gallons of water.
- Every toilet flush uses four to six gallons of water ordinarily.
- Leaking faucets can waste up to a hundred gallons of water a day.
- It takes almost forty thousand gallons of water to make an average domestic automobile.
- Three percent of the water on Earth is fresh water; however, only one percent is available for human consumption.
- There are about 60,000 water suppliers in America.
- Public water supplies must meet or exceed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards.
- Many public water facilities supply water that is much better than the minimum standards.
- In 1986, the Amendment to the Safe Drinking Water Act more than tripled the number of contaminants to be regulated (from 26 to 83) and expanded the EPA’s authority.
- If a drinking water supplier violates any federal standard, by law it must tell the customer.
- Water treatment methods endeavor to make drinking water clear and to kill germs.
- Pipes carrying fresh water from treatment plants to homes are cleaned regularly.
- Bottled water may cost a thousand times more than municipal drinking water and may not be as safe.
- It is not safe to drink water directly from remote streams when hiking.
- One gallon of gasoline can contaminate about 750,000 gallons of water.
- By disposing of chemical products carefully, you can help prevent pollution of drinking water sources.
- Seventy-five percent of a tree is water.
- Seventy-five percent of the human brain is water.
- Sixty-six percent of a human being is water.
- Sixty-seven percent of water used in a home is used in the bathrooms