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Common Facts

Some basic water facts? You might find interesting.

How much of the Earth's water is fresh? About 3% of the Earth's water is fresh, and about three-fourth of that is in the Arctic icecaps and glaciers.

How much water do living things contain? A human body contains about 65% water. An elephant contains about 70% water. A chicken contains about 75% water. A potato contains about 80% water. A tomato contains about 95%. A pineapple contains about 80% water.

 How much water does a person take in over a lifetime? A person takes in about 16,000 gallons of water in his or her lifetime on the average.

How much water does a person use every day? Each person in the U. S. uses about 100 gallons (380 liters) of water every day on the average.

How much water is on the Earth? There are about 1.4 billion cubic kilometers (326 million cubic miles)

What is the largest single use of water? Industry, it takes about 80 gallons (300 liters) to make the paper for 1 Sunday newspaper, and 20 gallons per pound (170 liters per gallon) of steel produced.

Where does the water go? About 70% evaporate into the air, 3.12% is used for industry, 2.46% is used for irrigation, 0.42% is used in cities, and the last 24% are unused precipitation that returned to the sea.

Ways to Conserve Water

There are many ways to conserve water inside and outside the home.

Here are a few ways of water conserving.

Indoor:

  1. Check all faucets, pipes, and toilets periodically for leaks
  2. Take shorter showers or take a bath
  3. Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket
  4. Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth, shaving, etc.
  5. Select proper water level for laundry
  6. Don't let the water run when washing dishes
  7. Fill your dishwasher
  8. Defrost food in the refrigerator or the microwave

Outdoor

  1. Try automatic irrigation systems
  2. Water the lawn only when needed
  3. Do not water the pavement
  4. Keep lawn free of weeds
  5. Don't let the water when washing the car
  6. Cover your swimming pool
  7. Do not mow too often
  8. Plant more drought resisting plants