Water is more fascinating than we give it credit for. Think about it. It makes up so much of our bodies and so much of our earth! In light of last week’s National Drinking Water Week, let’s talk water with these facts according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
1. We Have the Same Amount of Water on Earth Now as there was when Earth was Formed
Does the water from your faucet contain molecules that dinosaurs drank? Could be!
2. Only 3 Percent of the Earth’s Water is Fresh Water
The rest? Salt water. The water found at the Earth’s surface in lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and swamps makes up only 0.3 percent of the world’s fresh water. That’s not much!
3. Over 68 Percent of Fresh Water on Earth is Trapped in Glaciers
That’s a pretty big chunk of our already-small supply of fresh water!
4. Water Regulates the Earth’s Temperature
Your body temperature is also regulated by water. It carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs and tissues, and removes wastes.
5. The Human Brain is 75 Percent Water
The same holds true for a living tree!
6. A Person Can Only Live About a Week Without Water
However, a person can live about a month without food. Interesting!
7. Water is Part of a Deeply Interconnected System
What we pour on the ground ends up in our water, and what we spew into the sky ends up in our water. It really is everywhere!
8. The Average Total Home Water Use for Each Person in the U.S. is about 50 Gallons a Day
How many gallons of milk do you keep in your refrigerator? Multiply that by 50! That’s a whole lot of gallons.
9. The Average Cost for Water Supplied to a Home in the U.S. is about $2.00 for 1,000 Gallons
That’s about 5 gallons of water for a penny!
10. More than 25 Percent of Bottled Water Comes from a Municipal Water Supply
That’s where your tap water comes from.
Are you surprised? Did you learn something? It’s fascinating to see just how important water really is to the world. Next time you pour yourself a glass of water, think about how you are supplying your brain with the element it needs to function properly. Then, keep on drinking!