Six Fun and Interesting Facts About Water
Water is the most important resource in the world and here are six fun and interesting water facts that make it clear just how amazing water is.
2.5% of the Earth’s Water is Freshwater
Our first fun water fact is that 2.5% of the Earth’s water is freshwater. Of that 2.5% of freshwater, 68.6% of it is actually locked in glaciers and ice caps and cannot be directly accessed. This proves that freshwater is an important yet limited resource and highlights the need for water treatment processes that transfers saltwater, which is the most abundant type of water on Earth, into freshwater as well as reprocessing our freshwater after use.
It Takes 2,900 Gallons of Water to Make One Pair of Jeans
Believe it or not, it takes 2,900 gallons of water to create just one pair of jeans. While this may seem like a lot (and it is), it’s important to keep this in mind as we purchase jeans. It takes around 1,800 gallons of water to produce enough cotton for just one pair of blue jeans and, interestingly, this is more water than it takes to produce a ton of cement or an entire barrel of beer. Further, that’s just taking into account the process of growing cotton! It takes an additional 9,982 gallons of water for both the dye and machine wash processes. So how can we fix this? Well, we can try to stop purchasing so many jeans or, at least, purchase them secondhand to limit water consumption in this process.
It Takes 4.25 Gallons of Water to Flush a Conventional Toilet
Another interesting water fact that you should know about is that it takes roughly 4.25 gallons of water in order to flush a conventional toilet a single time. That’s a lot of water used each and every time we use the toilet! This proves that it is crucial for us to watch our water consumption in our own homes.
Americans Use Five Times the Amount of Water That Europeans Use
Believe it or not, we use a lot more water on an annual basis in America than in European countries. Each day, the average American family uses about 552 gallons of water while the average European family uses just 144 liters of water per person, which translates to roughly 38 gallons per person in a family.
Water is the Only Substance on Earth That is Found Naturally in Three Forms
Water just so happens to be the only substance on Earth that is found naturally occurring in three forms: solid, liquid, and gas. Water can exist as a solid in the form of ice, a liquid in the form of liquidized water, and a gas in the form of water vapor. Further, as another interesting water fact, Earth also happens to be the only planet known to man where water exists abundantly in all three states.
Less Than 1% of the Water Supply on Earth Can Be Used as Drinking Water
Finally, our last interesting water fact is that a total of less than 1% of the water supply on Earth can be used as drinking water! Specifically, approximately 0.3% of the water on Earth is usable by humans. The other 99.7% of the water on Earth is in the oceans, soils, icecaps, and floating in the atmosphere. This highlights the need for us to use processes such as desalination to make water drinkable, as the limited amount of drinkable water is scarce.
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