12 Amazing Facts About Water

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  1. There is the same amount of water on earth today as when the earth was formed.  The water that came from your faucet could contain molecules ancient humans drank.
  1. Think about this the next time you scoop up a handful of almonds.  It takes over a gallon of water to produce just one almond.
  1. This is a great water fact for cocktail parties.  Frozen water is 9% lighter than water, which is why ice floats in water.
  1. An acre of corn will give off 4,000 gallons of water per day in evaporation.
  1. If the world population continues to grow at the current rate, by the end of the century the world will have over 10 billion people (There are over 7 billion people today).  Feeding this many people will require more food to be grown in the next 75 years than all the food ever produced in human history.  This food will require lots of water.
  1. A quarter of the world’s population is without safe drinking water.
  1. Two thirds of the water used in a home is used in the bathroom.
  1. Older toilets can use up to seven gallons of water per flush.  At five flushes per day that is almost 13,000 gallons per year.  Federal plumbing standards specify new toilets can only use 1.6 gallons per flush or almost 3,000 gallons per year.  That is still a lot of clean drinking water per flush.
  1. In a five minute shower we use 25 to 50 gallons of water.
  1. When water contains a lot of calcium and magnesium, it is called hard water.
  1. A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.
  1. The United States uses nearly 80 percent of its water for irrigation and thermoelectric power.

I hope you enjoyed these facts about water and will take some time to share some of your favorites with our readers.

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Richard Restuccia

Richard Restuccia is a water management evangelist. He believes passionately in water efficiency and sees the financial and social benefits far too often to keep a secret. Richard is a spokesperson at industry events and on the Hill to provide direction and insight on landscape water management best practices. Richard puts his words into action through service on various boards and committees. Currently he serves on the Irrigation Association’s Board of Directors. As a board member, Richard serves in a variety of capacities, including government/public affairs. He is the liaison between the board and its marketing committee on the best ways to promote water efficiency and educate industry professionals on new technologies, products and services. Richard is also a regular contributor to Lawn & Landscape Magazine.


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