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11 Facts That Will Change The Way You Look At Water

Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/toms/facts-that-will-change-the-way-you-look-at-water

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The water that existed on Earth millions of years ago is the same water we drink today

The water that existed on Earth millions of years ago is the same water we drink today

Since planet Earth is a closed system, all water is recycled. Therefore, the water the dinosaurs sipped in prehistoric times is the same water we drink today! All the more reason to keep our waters clean.

2

Water covers about 70% of the Earth’s surface.

Water covers about 70% of the Earth’s surface.

The abundance of water on Earth’s surface is what gives Earth its blue appearance on world maps.

3

A healthy person is capable of drinking about 48 cups of water per day!

A healthy person is capable of drinking about 48 cups of water per day!

However, an adequate intake amounts to about 13 cups for men and nine cups for women, to avoid water intoxication.

4

By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over one percent of its total water amount.

By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over one percent of its total water amount.

Feeling thirsty? Get that H20! Feeling thirsty is a symptom of dehydration.

5

One in nine people doesn’t have access to clean water.

One in nine people doesn’t have access to clean water.

That’s about 780 million people who don’t have access to a clean and safe water source.

6

In Africa alone, women and children spend 40 billion hours annually collecting water.

In Africa alone, women and children spend 40 billion hours annually collecting water.

In Africa, most of the water collection chores fall to young girls and women. Women in sub-Saharan Africa spend an average of about 200 million hours per day collecting water, amounting to about 40 billion hours per year!

7

Water pollution can lead to dangerous bacteria that cause diseases and viruses.

Water pollution can lead to dangerous bacteria that cause diseases and viruses.

Much of the water supply is densely polluted in developing countries, as 70 percent of industrial waste is dumped into bodies of water.

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8. People in America taking five-minute showers use more water than what the average person in a developing country u...

8. People in America taking five-minute showers use more water than what the average person in a developing country u...

Think about that the next time you find yourself singing in the shower!

9

Flushing the toilet actually takes up the largest amount of water.

Flushing the toilet actually takes up the largest amount of water.

The average person in the U.S. uses about 80–100 gallons of water per day.

10

At one drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons per year.

At one drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons per year.

About equal to the amount of water needed for over 180 showers!

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The United States uses about 346,000 million gallons of fresh water every day.

The United States uses about 346,000 million gallons of fresh water every day.

Americans use more water than any other nation. The average American uses 176 gallons of water per day. Maybe next time don’t leave the tap running while you brush your teeth?