Water Facts and Trivia
It’s that time of year when you will be invited to many parties. We thought we should arm you with some of our favorite water facts and bits of trivia so you can be even more fun at your next holiday party.
- There is much more water than land on the Earth’s surface
- Water can be found everywhere: on the Earth’s surface, in the ground and in the air.
- There are no new sources of water in the world. That means the water you drink now, your earliest ancestors once drank
- Groundwater can take a human lifetime just to traverse a mile.
- Water regulates the earth’s temperature.
- Water is the only substance that is found naturally on earth in three forms: liquid, gas, solid.
- Less than 1% of the water supply on earth can be used as drinking water.
- Our bodies are made up of nearly 70% water: human brains are 75% water. Human bones are 25% water. Human blood is 83% water.
- Each day the sun evaporates a trillion tons of water.
- A single tree will give off 70 gallons of water per day in evaporation.
- An acre of corn will give off 4,000 gallons of water per day in evaporation.
- A person can live about a three weeks without food, but only about three days without water.
- Over 2 billion people on earth do not have a safe supply of water.
- Water leaves the stomach five minutes after consumption.
- Americans use five times the amount of water that Europeans use.
- 2/3 of the water used in a home is used in the bathroom: flushing the toilet uses 2-7 gallons of water, the average shower uses 25-30 gallons, brushing your teeth uses 2 gallons.
- It takes 1,500 gallons of water to process one barrel of beer. It takes 120 gallons of water to produce one egg, and 12 gallons of water to proves one chicken. It takes nearly 7,000 gallons of water to grow a day’s food for a family of four.
December 7, 2015 — Michelle Hirschfield