Water Facts

Water Usage

  1. You could survive about a month without food; however, you could only survive five to seven days without water.
  2. Each American uses an average of 160 gallons of water a day at an average cost of twenty-seven cents.
  3. Each day, the average person uses two gallons of water to brush his or her teeth.
  4. A ten-minute shower uses about fifty-five gallons of water.
  5. Every toilet flush uses four to six gallons of water ordinarily.
  6. Leaking faucets can waste up to a hundred gallons of water a day.
  7. It takes almost forty thousand gallons of water to make an average domestic automobile.
Our Water Supply
  1. Three percent of the water on Earth is fresh water; however, only one percent is available for human consumption.
  2. There are about 60,000 water suppliers in America.
  3. Public water supplies must meet or exceed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards.
  4. Many public water facilities supply water that is much better than the minimum standards.
  5. 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.
  6. If a drinking water supplier violates any federal standard, by law it must tell the customer.
  7. Water treatment methods endeavor to make drinking water clear and to kill germs.
  8. Pipes carrying fresh water from treatment plants to homes are cleaned regularly.
  9. Bottled water may cost a thousand times more than municipal drinking water and may not be as safe.
  10. It is not safe to drink water directly from remote streams when hiking.
  11. One gallon of gasoline can contaminate about 750,000 gallons of water.
  12. By disposing of chemical products carefully, you can help prevent pollution of drinking water sources.
Percentages
  1. Seventy-five percent of a tree is water.
  2. Seventy-five percent of the human brain is water.
  3. Sixty-six percent of a human being is water.
  4. Sixty-seven percent of water used in a home is used in the bathrooms