All The Water Facts You Need and Want To Know

Water. It’s all around us and we all need it, but what do we really know about it? These facts will teach you more than you ever needed to know about water, and be interesting, too.

  • The same amount of water that was on Earth when the earth was formed is still here. That means your tap water could have been a refreshing drink of the dinosaurs at one point.
  • 85% of the world’s population lives in the driest half of the planet.
  • Water expands by 9% when it’s frozen. However, frozen water aka ice is lighter than water, hence why ice floats.
  • When it comes to humans, the human brain is 75% water. When it comes to trees, 75% of a living tree is water.
  • 30% of freshwater is in the ground.
  • The U.S. uses 400 billions gallons of water per day.
  • Water is able to dissolve more substances than any other liquid, even sulfuric acid.
  • A previous forecast predicted 36 states to have water shortages by 2016.
  • In the harshest of times, a person can go a month without food. The human body can only go a week without water.
  • Almost 97% of the world’s water is not drinkable because it’s salt water. An additional 2% is locked in glaciers and ice caps. This leaves a meager 1% for all of us humans, plants, and animals on earth to use.
  • Water is part of a deep and interconnected system. Water poured into the ground, ends up in our water and evaporates, therefore ends up in the air as well.
  • Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water everyday.
  • It takes about 6,800 gallons of water to grow the food for a family of four to eat for a day.
  • A whooping 90% of the world’s freshwater supply is located in Antarctica.
  • Water helps regulate the Earth’s temperature. It also regulates our bodies temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen to our bodies cells, protects joints, organs and tissues, and helps to remove waste.
  • The average pool takes 22,000 gallons of water to fill it.
  • There are 7 states are currently running out of water including California, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico, and Nevada.
  • The average cost for water supplied to a U.S. home is about $2.00 for 1000 gallons. This means 5 gallons costs about a penny.
  • It takes 20 gallons of water to create one pint of beer.
  • Unsafe water kills 200 children every hour. (This is by far the worst ‘fun’ fact on this list.
  • A staggering ¾ of Americans live within 10 miles of polluted water.
  • Water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon.
  • Both a cucumber and a jellyfish are 95% water.
  • 80% of illness within the developing world is water related.
  • It takes over 40 billion hours collecting water in Africa alone. And by hand.
  • Babies younger than 6 months have consumed 7 times as much water per pound as the average American adult.
  • Just flushing toilets in American uses 5.7 billion gallons of water.
  • 300 tons of water are needed to manufacture one ton of steel.
  • 1 out of 6 gallons of water leaks from utility pipes before reaching American customers.
  • Each day we expel a cup of water, just by breathing.
  • It takes more than twice the amount of water to produce coffee than when in comparison with tea.
  • Chickens and goats are the least water intensive meats to consume.
  • 40% of freshwater withdrawals in the U.S. are for agriculture. 65% of water withdrawals in China are used for agriculture.


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