In the United States, 69 percent of freshwater mussel species, which help to filter water, are at risk of extinction.The amount of moisture on Earth has not changed. The water the dinosaurs drank millions of years ago is the same water that falls as rain today. Water is constantly being recycled as it evaporates, condenses and returns to Earth as precipitation.Of all the water on earth only 2.5% is freshwater. Of that 2.5%… 60% is trapped in glaciers and icecaps 30% is found in groundwater, but some of that is deep and out of reach. Of all the water we take out of rivers, lakes and the ground… 70% is used for agriculture 22% is used for industrial purposes 8% is pumped into cities and homes for drinking, watering and washing. The average American uses about 100 gallons of water a day – more than 15 times that used by many people in developing countries.
A staggering one person out of eight – nearly 900 million people in total - lacks access to clean water. Every day 4,800 people worldwide die from waterborne diseases such as cholera, leptospirosis and botulism. 10% is found in surface waters including lakes and rivers Most waterborne diseases cause diarrheal illness, which is the second largest killer of children worldwide. Source: Freshwater 101Aquatic Ecosystems – National Geographic
More than 30 years after the Clean Water Act promised clean water, an overwhelming majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a polluted river, lake, or coastal water. These waterways are unsafe for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.
Water Facts There are about one million miles of pipeline and aqueducts for water delivery in the US and Canada...enough to go around the earth 40 times! Water is the most common substance on earth, however only 1% of the earth's water is available for drinking. 66% (two-thirds) of the human body is water. A cow must drink 3 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of milk. 75% of a tree is water. 70% of n elephant is water. You can survive about three weeks without food, but only 3 days without water. · · It takes 50 glasses of water to grow enough oranges to make 1 glass of orange juice. · You can fill an 8 oz. glass of water about 15, 000 times for the same cost as a six pack of soda pop. · A tomato is 95% water, an ear of corn is 80% water. · Rivers and streams make up 3.5 million miles. · Lakes cover 41 million acres · The average daily requirement for freshwater in the United States is about 338 billion gallons. · There are more than 200,000 individual water systems providing water to the public in the United States. · If the Earth were completely flat, it would be covered by water 2 miles deep! · One gallon of gasoline can contaminate 750,000 gallons of water. · We use about 108 gallons of water per person per day in our homes. · There’s as much water in the world today as there was thousands of years ago. In fact, it’s the same water. · A single dripping faucet can waste far more in a single day than one person needs for drinking in an entire week. · Every glass of water brought to your table in a restaurant requires another two glasses to wash and rinse the glass. · A leak of one drop per second wastes 2,400 gallons of water per year.