Water Fact 1 – Over 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, but only three tenths of a percent of that water is available for us to drink.
Most of the Earth’s water is saltwater, and most of the freshwater on Earth is in the form of ice, so it can’t be used for drinking. The limited supply of drinkable fresh water is only 0.3% of all the water on Earth.
Water Fact 2 – You use more water flushing the toilet once then you drink in a day.
A toilet uses a gallon of water for one flush. An average adult drinks about a half a gallon per day, half as much as it takes to flush the toilet! You can save water by not flushing the toilet when you only go #1. “If it’s yellow, let it mellow!”
Water Fact 3 – By the time you feel thirsty, your body has lost over 1% of it’s supply of water
Thirst isn’t a very reliable way to tell if you need to drink more water. A better test is to pinch the skin on the back of your hand about an inch back from your knuckle. It should snap back in about a half a second, if it doesn’t you’re dehydrated.
Water Fact 4 – The weight you lose when working out is from water, not fat.
You should drink enough water after working out to regain your pre-workout weight. Your body needs that water to metabolize the fat into energy. Your body burns fat more efficiently when it’s properly hydrated
Water Fact 5 – It takes twice as much water to make the plastic for a bottle of water than it takes to fill the bottle
It takes 3 bottles-worth of water to make one bottle of bottled water because it takes two bottles-worth of water just to make the plastic for the bottle. Worse yet, your body absorbs toxic chemicals from the plastic bottle that have dissolved into the water in it.
Water Fact 6 – Water is the only substance on earth found in nature in three forms: solid, liquid and gas.
Water is found as steam at natural hot springs, in liquid form everywhere, and in solid form as ice. No other substance is found in all three forms in nature
Water Fact 7 – A child dies from water borne diseases every 15 seconds
Lack of access to clean running water and sanitation facilities allows waterborne diseases to spread undeveloped areas. The rate at which children are being killed by preventable waterborne diseases is equal to one jumbo jet full of children crashing every 4 hours.
Water Fact 8 – If everyone in the US used one less gallon of water per day to shower, it would save 85 billion gallons of water per year.
A recent survey published in the LA Times reveals that Americans use twice as much water in the shower as they think they do. The average American uses 98 gallons of water per day, mostly for flushing the toilet.
Water Fact 9 – Unlike other liquids, water expands when it freezes.
The fact that water expands when it freezes is the reason ice floats. When water freezes, it’s molecules cluster together in a hexagonal form. There is a lot of open space in the hexagonal lattice of water molecules. There is more open space than there is between water molecules when water is in liquid form.
Water Fact 10 – Pure water is never found in nature
Pure water is a powerful solvent, it dissolves nearly natural substance it touches. Because of this, water in nature always has some mineral content in it from earth that dissolved into the water. Water will even absorb CO2 straight from the air!
Water Fact 11 – Water used by oil drillers for fracking can’t be purified of toxins and reused, it must be disposed of.
Oil companies that use hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and gas from the earth compete with the public for access to local water supplies. But unlike water used by the public, water used for fracking is so contaminated that it can’t be reclaimed. By contrast, water used by the public is reused by many cities to water landscape, and is even recycled into drinking water.
Water Fact 12 – Water dissolves more substances than any other liquid, including sulfuric acid.
Chemists call water “the universal solvent” because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid. In fact, if you drink pure water, it can actually dissolve minerals from the bones in your body!
Water Fact 13 – The same water that existed on the earth hundreds of years ago is still present today.
It’s true! You’ve drank the same water that Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein drank. However, rising temperatures caused by global warming will cause more of the available drinking water on Earth to evaporate and be locked away in the Earth’s atmosphere .
Water Fact 14 – 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.
If you’re concerned about toxins in your tap water, it can be effectively filtered for about 3 cents per gallon. You could even install a water ionizer on your tap to turn your tap water into healthy alkaline water and still save enough money over the cost of bottled water to pay for the machine!
Water Fact 15 – Global sales of bottled water account for over $60-$80 billion each year.
Think about this: The average American pays over $2,000 a year for gas, and everyone complains about the price of gas. But people spend nearly as much, and average of $1,400 a year on bottled water. It should drive you crazy when you think about it. You have very few alternatives to buying gas, but the alternative to buying bottled water, which is filtering your tap water, is cheaply available. Think about how much of a difference $1,400 could make in your budget the next time you’re tempted to buy bottled water.
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