1.) While 80 percent of the earth is water, only one percent of that visible water can be treated for drinking.
2.) Your body is 2/3 water? You can live only about a week without it.
3.) So you shouldn’t be surprised that Americans drink one billion glasses of water a day. They get it from the more than 55,000 water systems in the country that process about 34 billion gallons of water per day. And they pay only about one penny for five gallons!
4.) Those plants have 600,000 miles of water lines in the United States, with 1,000 of those in Douglas County. If you combined all the pipelines and aqueducts in the United States and Canada, it would circle the earth 40 times.
5.) With no water-saving fixtures in your house, you use some 72 gallons a day – 20.1 for toilets, 15.1 for washing clothes, 12.6 for showers, 11.1 for faucets, 10.0 for leaks, 1.2 for a bath, 1.0 for your share of dishes and 1.5 gallons for other uses. And that doesn’t count the two gallons you waste if you let the faucet run while you brush you teeth.
And while we’re on the subject, make sure to repair any leaky faucets – since the average family turns faucets on 70 times in a day, they can wear out. And a slow, steady leak can waste 50 gallons of water a day. (You could take a nice long shower with that!)
6.) Speaking of that gallon, know how much it weighs? About 8 1/3 pounds.
7.) That adds up. If you have a quarter-acre lot and receive one inch of rain, your ground gets soaked with 30 tons of water (or 7,000 gallons) during the storm.
8.) While it seems like we must have all the water we need, remember that the water we depend on is the same water the dinosaurs drank. We’ll never have any more, so we have to protect it now!