Water is the most important resource in the world.

Here are some amazing facts about water that you may not know.

  • 68.7% of the fresh water on Earth is trapped in glaciers.1
  • 30% of fresh water is in the ground.1
  • 1.7% of the world’s water is frozen and therefore unusable.1
  • Approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the United States per day.1
  • Nearly one-half of the water used by Americans is used for thermoelectric power generation.1
  • In one year, the average American residence uses over 100,000 gallons (indoors and outside).1
  • Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid including sulfuric acid.1
  • The freezing point of water lowers as the amount of salt dissolved in at increases. With average levels of salt, seawater freezes at -2 °C (28.4 °F).2
  • About 6,800 gallons of water is required to grow a day’s food for a family of four.3
  • To create one pint of beer it takes 20 gallons of water.3
  • 780 million people lack access to an improved water source.4
  • In just one day, 200 million work hours are consumed by women collecting water for their families.4
  • 1/3 what the world spends on bottled water in one year could pay for projects providing water to everyone in need.4
  • Unsafe water kills 200 children every hour.4
  • Water weighs about 8 pounds a gallon.5
  • It takes 120 gallons of water for one egg.5
  • A jellyfish and a cucumber are each 95% water.5
  • 70% of the human brain is water.5
  • 80% of all illness in the developing world is water related.6
  • Up to 50% of water is lost through leaks in cities in the developing world.6
  • In Nairobi urban poor pay 10 times more for water than in New York.6
  • In some countries, less than half the population has access to clean water.7
  • $260 billion is the estimated annual economic loss from poor water and sanitation in developing countries.7
  • 40 billion hours are spent collecting water in Africa alone.7
  • The average cost for water supplied to a home in the U.S. is about $2.00 for 1,000 gallons, which equals about 5 gallons for a penny.8
  • A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.8
  • Water expands by 9% when it freezes.8
  • There is about the same amount of water on Earth now as there was millions of years ago.9
  • The length of the side of a cube which could hold the Earth’s estimated total volume of water in km = 1150.10
  • Children in the first 6 months of life consume seven times as much water per pound as the average American adult.11
  • Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water per day.11
  • The United States draws more than 40 billion gallons (151 million liters) of water from the Great Lakes every day—half of which is used for electrical power production.12
  • 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet.13

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