FUN FACTS ABOUT WATER
- The daily recommended amount of water is eight cups (64 oz.) per
- A person can live several weeks without food, but just a few days without water.
Like air, water is essential to life.
- At birth, water accounts for approximately 80 percent of an infant’s body weight.
- Water makes up between 55-78% of a human’s body weight.
- A healthy person can drink about three gallons (48 cups) of water per day.
- 75% of all Americans are chronically dehydrated.
- Only 3% of Earth’s water is fresh water. 97% of the water on Earth is salt
- The water found at the Earth’s surface in lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and swamps makes up
only 0.3% of the world’s fresh water.
- 68.7% of the fresh water on Earth is trapped in glaciers.
- 30% of fresh water is in the ground.
- 1.7% of the world’s water is frozen and therefore unusable.
- Water covers 70.9% of the Earth’s surface.
- Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid including sulfuric
- A ten meter rise in sea levels due to melting glaciers would flood 25% of the population of
the United States.
- There is more fresh water in the atmosphere than in all of the rivers on the planet
- If all of the water vapor in the Earth’s atmosphere fell at once, distributed evenly, it
would only cover the earth with about an inch of water.
- Water boils quicker in Denver, Colorado than in New York
- Approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the United States per
- Nearly one-half of the water used by Americans is used for thermoelectric power
- In one year, the average American residence uses over 100,000 gallons (indoors and
- It takes six and a half years for the average American residence to use the amount of water
required to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool (660,000 gallons).
- It takes seven and a half years for the average American residence to use the same amount of
water that flows over the Niagara Falls in one second (750,000 gallons).
- American residents use about 100 gallons of water per day.
- Americans use more water each day by flushing the toilet than they do by showering or any
- At 50 gallons per day, residential Europeans use about half of the water that
residential Americans use.[iv]
- Residents of sub-Saharan Africa use only 2-5 gallons of water per day.[v]
- The average faucet flows at a rate of 2 gallons per minute. You can save up to four
gallons of water every morning by turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth.
- Taking a bath requires up to 70 gallons of water. A five-minute shower uses only 10 to
- A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day.
- The New York City water supply system leaks 36 million gallons per day.[vi]
- There are approximately one million miles of water pipeline and aqueducts in the United
States and Canada, enough to circle Earth 40 times.[viii]
- The first water pipes in the US were made from wood (bored logs that were charred with
- The first municipal water filtration works opened in Paisley, Scotland in
- A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.
- A cubic foot of water weighs 62.4 pounds
- An inch of water covering one acre (27,154 gallons) weighs 113
- Water vaporizes at 212 degrees F, 100 degrees C.
- It takes more water to manufacture a new car (39,090 gallons) than to fill an above ground
- It takes more than ten gallons of water to produce one slice of bread.[ix]
- Over 713 gallons of water go into the production of one cotton T-shirt.[x]
- 1000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk.[xi]
- Roughly 634 gallons of water go into the production of one hamburger.[xii]
- Water is the only substance found on earth naturally in three forms: solid, liquid and
- At 1 drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons per year.
[ii] Florida Water Environmental Association
[iii] Florida Water Environmental Association
[viii] Florida Water Environmental Association
[ix] Water Footprint Network
[x] Water Footprint Network
[xi] Water Footprint
[xii] Water Footprint Network