42 Facts About Water

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  1. Only 3% of Earth’s water is fresh water.  97% of the water on Earth is salt water.
  2. 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.
  3. 68.7% of the fresh water on Earth is trapped in glaciers.
  4. 30% of fresh water is in the ground.
  5. 1.7% of the world’s water is frozen and therefore unusable.
  6. Water covers 70.9% of the Earth’s surface.
  7. Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid including sulfuric acid.
  8. More than 25% of bottled water comes from a municipal water supply, the same place that tap water comes from.[i]
  9. A ten meter rise in sea levels due to melting glaciers would flood 25% of the population of the United States.
  10. There is more fresh water in the atmosphere than in all of the rivers on the planet combined.
  11. 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.
  12. Water boils quicker in Denver, Colorado than in New York City.
  13. Approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the United States per day.
  14. Nearly one-half of the water used by Americans is used for thermoelectric power generation.
  15. In one year, the average American residence uses over 100,000 gallons (indoors and outside).
  16. 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).
  17. 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).
  18. American residents use about 100 gallons of water per day.
  19. Americans use more water each day by flushing the toilet than they do by showering or any other activity.[ii]
  20. In 1900, 25,000 American’s died of typhoid. By 1960, thanks to the use of chlorine in water treatment, that number dropped to 20.[iii]
  21. At 50 gallons per day, residential Europeans use about half of the water that residential Americans use.[iv]
  22. Residents of sub-Saharan Africa use only 2-5 gallons of water per day.[v]
  23. 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.
  24. Taking a bath requires up to 70 gallons of water.  A five-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons.
  25. A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day.
  26. The New York City water supply system leaks 36 million gallons per day.[vi]
  27. If you drink your daily recommended 8 glasses of water per day from the tap, it will cost you about 50 cents per year. If you choose to drink it from water bottles, it can cost you up to $1,400 dollars.[vii]
  28. There are approximately one million miles of water pipeline and aqueducts in the United States and Canada, enough to circle Earth 40 times.[viii]
  29. The first water pipes in the US were made from wood (bored logs that were charred with fire).
  30. The first municipal water filtration works opened in Paisley, Scotland in 1832
  31. A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.
  32. A cubic foot of water weighs 62.4 pounds
  33. An inch of water covering one acre (27,154 gallons) weighs 113 tons.
  34. Water vaporizes at 212 degrees F, 100 degrees C.
  35. It takes more water to manufacture a new car (39,090 gallons) than to fill an above ground swimming pool.
  36. It takes more than ten gallons of water to produce one slice of bread.[ix]
  37. Over 713 gallons of water go into the production of one cotton T-shirt.[x]
  38. 1000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk.[xi]
  39. Roughly 634 gallons of water go into the production of one hamburger.[xii]
  40. Water is the only substance found on earth naturally in three forms: solid, liquid and gas.
  41. At 1 drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons per year.
  42. Water makes up between 55-78% of a human’s body weight.

[i] Reader’s Digest, [ii] Florida Water Environmental Association, [iii]  Florida Water Environmental Association, iv] World Water Council, [v] World Water Council, [vi] New York Times, [vii] New York Times, [viii] Florida Water Environmental Association, [ix] Water Footprint Network, [x] Water Footprint Network, [xi] Water Footprint Network, [xii] Water Footprint Network


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Filtered Water Better for Environment Than Bottled Water

The Environmental Benefits of Filtered Water

by  • September 23, 2012 • Greener Ideal

The popularity of bottled water is understandable – those snow-topped mountains and sparkling tropical lagoons on the labels do a lot to help sell the idea that bottled water is pure and clean. But don’t be fooled by a fancy label; about half of the water bottled for consumers comes straight from the tap.

Perhaps an even greater cause for concern is the effect bottled water production has on the environment.

The downside of bottled water

Ironically, bottled water not only wastes water in production, it wastes other resources, as well. As one expert pointed out, about a half a pound of greenhouse gases are produced, just to bottle and transport a one-liter bottle of Fiji water to another part of the world.

Some other drawbacks to consider:

  • It takes three times the amount of water to manufacture the bottle as to actually fill it
  • Though most water bottles are recyclable, only one out of six is recycled
  • In a single year, the United States consumes millions of barrels of oil just in the manufacture of water bottles
  • It takes just a few minutes to drink the contents of a plastic bottle, but about 1,000 years for it to biodegrade

A greener alternative

Most communities have clean, safe drinking water. If you have concerns about your tap water, ask your local water utility company for a report. With the right water filter, you can remove pollutants from tap water and make your water taste and smell better. And unlike bottled water, filtering tap water is actually good for the environment. Not only does it decrease the need for expensive and wasteful bottled water, home filtration is virtually pollution free. One filter can clean hundreds of gallons of water which means less trash in the landfill and less fuel used to transport water to and from your home (and  to and from the bottling company).

With so many advantages to using a home filtration system you may wonder why you’ve ever purchased bottled water to begin with. There’s no doubt that it’s convenient, and an occasional bottle isn’t going to destroy the ozone layer. Cutting down on bottled water, or cutting it out completely, is good for your health, good for your budget and good for the environment. Don’t buy the hype or the bottle. Drink clean, safe filtered water from home and you’ll be doing yourself, and the planet, a big green favor.

And don’t forget that simply consuming less water for other household tasks can save a lot of water, too.

Reduce your water consumption by using it wisely:

  • Run the dishwasher or washing machine only when there’s a full load
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth
  • Install a low-flow shower head – or better yet, take a bath, which uses less water than a shower

The actions you take every day in your home can either harm or help the environment. So start making small changes that, over time, could lead to a healthier environment.

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Coffee, tea, ice, soups, juices…you name it! Anything made with water from RainSoft home water filtration systems will taste noticeably better. So will your prepared foods. After all, water is the number one ingredient in your kitchen. You’ll taste the difference every time you use water from your RainSoft drinking water system.

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With two premium drinking water systems, RainSoft water treatment delivers a higher quality and better tasting drinking water experience. Not only will the water from a RainSoft drinking water system in your glass taste distinctly better, but so will all of the food and beverages you make with it.

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For out-of-the-way convenience, Hydrefiner drinking water systems deliver a continuous supply of clean, fresh water from right under your sink. Utilizing a compressed carbon-block filter, the Hydrefiner eliminates bad tastes and odors from home drinking water.

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Are You Going to Drink That Glass of Water?

Are you going to drink that glass of water? Restaurateur launches campaign to conserve precious Texas resource

06.22.12 | 11:13 am

“I wish I could take a picture of every water glass bussed off a table that’s still full or half full,” says Mimi Del Grande.

She is referring to all the water that restaurants waste when they automatically serve patrons water. And she should know. Del Grande is the wife of celebrity chef Robert Del Grande and one of the original partners in Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group.

Of course she’s not alone, but she is certainly one of the stalwarts when it comes to “free” water.

Last March, some Houston diners got a little schooling in water when 36 local eateries participated in UNICEF’s World Water Week, a fundraising effort for the Tap Project that brings clean water to children around the world. During World Water Week, restaurant patrons were asked to pay $1 for that glass of tap water to help the project and they were informed about the lack of clean drinking water around the world. Nearly one billion people lack access to clean water.

You want tap water? Cough up a buck for charity. Any charity. Because someday, not that far away, it might be you who needs clean drinking water.

I thought that was the greatest thing since the invention of queso, I just was shocked that only 36 out of thousands of local restaurants participated. And I wish it could go on year-round.

You want tap water? Cough up a buck for charity. Any charity. Because someday, not that far away, it might be you who needs clean drinking water.

According to the Texas Water Development Board’s 2012 State Water Plan: “In serious drought conditions, Texas does not and will not have enough water to meet the needs of its people, its businesses, and its agricultural enterprises.”

And even if we don’t face another drought like last year’s, by 2060 the region’s population will almost double while our existing water supplies will be less. The Water Plan contains recommendations at a cost of $12 billion for the Houston area (called Region H) and part of that plan is increased conservation.

“When it was really bad last summer we did ask restaurants to only serve water on request,” says Greater Houston Restaurant Associationexecutive director Katie Clark. “We made a request in our membership newsletter, but we don’t have any policy on it. It’s hard because patrons are just used to the way it’s always been.”

At least in Houston.

In New York City there is a regulation that stipulates water in restaurants is only to be served upon request. Other cities have similar ordinances (Houston does not) but they aren’t always followed.

“Every time I go out to eat anywhere, even in California where they have restrictions, they are pouring water like crazy,” says Del Grande.

“I grew up in a very dry Riverside, California,” she adds. “Where we had droughts all the time. We used to take our used water out to water our plants and it was illegal to wash our cars.” Anyone remember Chinatown, the Jack Nicholson film about the California Water Wars in the ’20s and 30s?

And by the way, Texas is currently battling both Mexico and Oklahoma over water rights.

“Americans think they have a god given right to water on the table,” says Del Grande. “Seventy percent of the world doesn’t have access to enough fresh water. It’s just bad juju.”

So Del Grande instituted a water-on-request policy at all of the Schiller Del Grande restaurants. Some other eateries, like Giacomo’s cibo e vino, have notes on the menu saying water is only served on request, but Del Grande took it a little farther. The menu at Alto Pizzeria reads: “Please help us save our most precious resource. Water served upon request.”

So how’s that working out?

“The backlash I have gotten on this you would not believe,” Del Grande sighs. “Particularly at RDG, the customers were getting really mad at the waiters.”

“The backlash I have gotten on this you would not believe,” Del Grande sighs. “Particularly at RDG, the customers were getting really mad at the waiters.”

Which is why some of her waiters continue to bring big glasses of water whether you ask for it or not.

“You know people who order a glass of ice tea and a glass of water aren’t going to drink all the water,” Del Grande says. “It takes three glasses of water to wash one glass so you’re not wasting one glass, you’re wasting four.”

And yet we continue to do so. Wasting a precious resource that is itself wasting away as droughts get worse, subsidence reduces some of our water sources and our population continues to climb.

So what’s the answer? Education. Del Grande is hoping to produce some YouTube videos and wants to push the effort with other restaurants. She’s so passionate about it she would love to work on the issue fulltime, but she can’t.

So, in the meantime, next time you sit down at a restaurant table, tell your waiter you don’t want tap water. And if the bring it before you can decline, please ask them to recycle the water.

After all, it is one of our most precious resources.

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Kick the Soda Pop Habit – A Pitcher of Water with Lemon is One Way

Want to stop drinking pop?

By Karen Caffarini
GateHouse News Service

For die-hard soda lovers, it’s a combination of the sweet taste, carbonation that tickles the taste buds and caffeine (for cola fans) that makes the soft drinks so addicting.But doctors and registered dieticians say this is one habit that should be kicked as quickly as possible, both for health and weight reasons.

“How quickly to change? As quickly as you can, taking care not to cause a bad caffeine withdrawal,” recommends Dr. Dana S. Simpler, an internist with 25 years’ experience in primary care in Baltimore.

Experts admit it could be difficult to wean yourself off soda, but say there are plenty of substitutes that will quench your thirst and satisfy all three sensations. Some suggestions:

Replace soft drinks with healthy beverages such as unsweetened iced tea or coffee, or water, says Dr. Kira Schmid, who recommends going cold turkey. Schmid is staff doctor and associate director of scientific affairs with Life Extension in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Because it can be difficult to avoid overindulging on soft drinks when dining out, especially if free refills are offered, Schmid suggests ordering unsweetened iced tea or water instead.

Simpler strongly encourages her patients to just drink just water. “They can add a little bit of juice to it — maybe 1/4 cup juice to 3/4 cup water — if they really need some flavor,” Simpler says. Or, she says, cut up an orange or lemon and leave it in a pitcher of water in the refrigerator all day. The water will get some of the fruit flavor.

If you need the carbonation, try carbonated water, suggests Angela Douge, a registered dietician with Dominican University’s Nutrition Sciences Department in River Forest, Ill. She says you can dress it up with some lime or lemon juice.

Unsweetened ice tea with a level teaspoon of sugar is OK as long as you don’t drink it within six hours of trying to fall asleep, Simpler says. She recommends skipping the bottled ice teas, which she says are generally packed with sugar.

If you can’t go cold turkey, Douge suggests grabbing a glass of soda with ice when you want a treat, not when you’re thirsty: “Drink water when you’re thirsty. If you want a soda, sip and enjoy it, put it on ice and be done with it. Only do it, though, when you’re craving it.

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Thirsty? Drink water, but not necessarily 8 glasses a day

Eight glasses of water a day? No, says expert

By Martin Johnston | nzherald.co.nz

Doggedly following advice to drink at least eight glasses of water a day is said to be of no health benefit to most people and only enriches bottling companies.

And it makes people go to the toilet a lot.

Public health researcher Rob Quigley said yesterday adults typically needed around 2 litres of fluids a day, but did not need to obtain all of this by drinking water.

“We get a lot of fluid from food. Fruit and vegetables are upwards of 90-95 per cent water. Eating an apple a day is a little bit like drinking a glass of water.”

Australian university lecturer Spero Tsindos, who examines water consumption in the latest edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, said encouraging people to drink large amounts of water was driven by vested interests.

Pricier brands of bottled water can cost more than $3 a litre at New Zealand supermarkets.

A Pennsylvania University research review published in 2008 found no evidence that drinking eight glasses of water a day improved skin tone, aided dieting or prevented headaches (except those induced by hangovers).

A person’s daily fluid needs, in addition to the quantities derived from food and plain water, can be supplied from tea, coffee and even moderate amounts of mildly alcoholic drinks such as beer – despite their mildly diuretic effects – and various other drinks.

“Out of all the fluids to drink,” Mr Quigley said, “water is one of the best, Read more…

City Council Considers Eliminating Fluoride from Drinking Water

by Dan Kleiner | The Madisonville Meteor

Corrosion discovered at one of the City of Madisonville’s water wells sparked a discussion about fluoride levels in the City’s drinking water at a recent City Council meeting.

City Council at its regular meeting May 14 discussed the possibility of ceasing to add the chemical to the City’s supply altogether or reducing the amount injected into the system.

Currently, the City injects enough fluoride into its drinking water to bring the level to between 0.7 and 0.8 parts per million, a level recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Council members and city staff questioned the impact that injecting fluoride into the City’s water system has and will continue to research the issue and prepare a recommendation for a later meeting.

“If we’re going to continue to lower (fluoride levels in the water), it might just be best to take it out of the system altogether,” Public Works Director Kevin Story said.

City staff discovered corrosion at Water Well No. 5 approximately one month ago and upon contacting an engineer received the recommendation that they reduce the level of fluoride being injected into the water supply. Read more…

Top 10 Hydration Tips for Running

Any experienced runner can educate you on why it is important to stay properly hydrated before you run, while you run and after you have finished a run. A healthy fluid intake helps runners to avoid suffering dehydration and heat exhaustion. It also limits the chance of developing muscle cramps or other similar injuries and promotes optimal performance.

There is much more involved in staying hydrated while running than simply drinking lots of water. Proper hydration begins before you lace up your running shoes and continues after you kick them off. Failing to maintain fluid levels is foolish and dangerous.

Consider these 10 hydration tips to enhance your runs:

Calculate sweat rate: Everyone has different fluid needs. Calculate your sweat rate to determine how much fluid you need during a run.  Read more…

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10 mistakes ‘busy’ people make when it comes to their health

Think you’re too busy to get healthy? Well, you might want to re-adjust your  thinking, according to advice from health experts.

Experts listed the following list of 10 health mistakes many so-called “busy”  people are making

1. You think you’re too too tired to work out. Regular exercise  actually gives you more work energy throughout the day. So when work gets  hectic, you need to work out more.

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Happy International World Water Day!

Water, I have learned, means different things to different people.

To the novelist D. H. Lawrence, water was mysterious. It is “hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing, that makes it water and nobody knows what that is.”

To the anthropologist Loren Eiseley, water was supernatural: “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”

And to the ancient Greek poet Pindar, water was quite simply “the best of all things.”

But for millions of people in the developing world – especially women and girls – water means a daily struggle to trek to a source, carry fifty pounds of it home, and then hope against hope that drinking it won’t make a family member sick or die.

Click here to read “Reflections on a Thirsty Planet for World Water Day”

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