Fun Water Facts

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  • You could survive about a month without food, but you could only survive 5 or 6 days without water.
  • Less than 1% of all the water on Earth is available or clean enough to drink. The rest is salty or frozen. 
  • How much water does a person take in over a lifetime? The average person takes in about 16,000 gallons of water in his or her lifetime.
  • Families turn on the faucet an average of 70 times in one day.
  • Once evaporated, a water molecule spends ten days in the air.
  • Water serves as nature’s thermometer, helping regulate the Earth’s temperature.
  • Every person in America uses about 160 gallons of water a day. During medieval times a person used only 5 gallons per day.
  • 2/3 of the water your family uses is used in the bathroom. About 2 gallons of water are used when you brush your teeth. Flushing a toilet requires 2 to 7 gallons of water, and a 10 minute shower can use 25-50 gallons of water.
  • About 48,000 gallons of water are used to produce the typical American Thanksgiving dinner for eight people.
  • Water makes up 80% of an earthworm, 70% of a chicken and 70% of an elephant. Water also makes up 90% of a tomato, 80% of pineapples and corn and 70% of a tree.
  • The amount of water is constant and recycled throughout time. It is possible to drink water that was part of the dinosaur era.
  • A water molecule stays in the ocean for 98 years, in ice for 20 months and in lakes and rivers for 2 weeks.
  • Where does the water go? About 70% evaporates 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 returns to the sea.
  • To stay healthy, you need 2 to 3 quarts of water each day. Four hundred gallons of water are recycled through our kidneys each day.
  • The most common substance found on Earth is water. Water is the only substance found naturally in three forms: solid, liquid and gas.
  • Your body is 2/3 water. Your brain is 3/4 water.
  • You can refill an 8 oz. glass of water approximately 15,000 times for the same cost as six pack of soda pop.