Saving water isn’t the most exciting thing for everyone, but it can still be really cool. Here are some interesting water conservation facts to keep you motivated to save water!
19 Water Conservation Facts That Are Fun To Know
97% of the water on Earth is salt water.
Currently 1% of the world’s population relies on desalination for their water supply.
Mesopotamia began using pipes for water 4000 years BC.
Maidstone, England was the first city to have its water treated with chlorine in 1897. It became more widespread in other cities in 1905 after a typhoid epidemic.
Agriculture is responsible for 80% of water used in the United States.
The average American uses more than 100 gallons of water per day.
Over a billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water.
The most irrigated crops are corn and hay.
Watering lawns, shrubs, and trees with more water less often encourages them to grow deep roots.
Showers and baths are our biggest uses of water indoors.
Old washing machines can use as much as 40 gallons of water for every load.
Americans spend 61 billion dollars on bottled water per year.
123 freshwater species went extinct in the last century.
We flush 6.8 billion gallons of water down the toilet each year.
Ninety percent of the world’s ice is in Antarctica.
One gallon of gasoline takes 13 gallons of water to produce.
Recycling paper takes less water than producing new paper.
Filling a pool takes 22,000 gallons of water and loses hundreds of gallons each month from evaporation.
The U.S. uses 9 billion gallons of water per year on our yards.
When we are blessed with the ability to turn on a faucet and have clean water run out if it, it can sometimes be hard to remember that it’s important to save water. Most of the water on the Earth is very expensive to make safe and deliver to our cities, so it’s important that we use the water that we have wisely!
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