Water is all around us, which makes it easy for us to dismiss it as boring. However, nothing could be further from the truth! Water is much more than a tool for hydration, it’s an element that brings plenty of interest to this world that we call home. Keep reading below for a few of our favorite facts.
Characteristics of Water
There are numerous interesting facts about water in and of itself. For example:
- Water is heavy! A gallon of H2O weighs over 8 pounds, while a cubic foot weighs over 62 pounds. Think that’s a lot? If you covered one acre with an inch of water, it would weigh 113 tons!
- Water covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface. Of this amount, 97% is salt water. Even more surprising, all of the water found in rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, swamps, and other non-ocean sources only accounts for 0.3% of the planet’s freshwater. Glaciers and underground sources account for the rest!
- There is more water in the atmosphere than every river on Earth put together. If you took all the water vapor for the atmosphere and spread it around the globe, it would cover the entire planet with an inch of water.
Water Around the World
How we experience water is not how the global population experiences it. Depending on where you live, the quality and method of obtaining this beverage will change.
- The United States and Canada have over 1 million miles of water aqueducts and pipelines, which is enough to circle the planet 40 times!
- These systems are far from perfect, with New York alone wasting over 36 million gallons of water each day. But the situation is still better than the first U.S. water pipes, which were made from hollowed-out logs.
- Now for some even less pleasant statistics. Over 745 million people in the world don’t have an improved source of water to drink from. Around 1.8 billion people around the world drink water contaminated with feces. 2.5 billion people don’t have access to an improved sanitation facility.
- The average American resident uses around 100 gallons of water a day. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? It seems even bigger when compared to other countries! The average European resident uses around 50 gallons of water a day, while residents of sub-Saharan African use 5 or less gallons.
Uses of Water
Water is used for a seemingly endless amount of production and manufacturing needs. The amount used may surprise you!
2.2 pounds of rice uses over 924 gallons of water to produce, while one pair of jeans uses 2,641 gallons. If you think that’s a lot, it takes 3,962 to produce only 2.2 pounds of beef! A new car takes over 39,000 gallons.
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