18 Facts About Water & What You Can Do to Conserve It

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Listen to this Green Divas What You Can Do podcast—part one of our water conservation series. Then continue on for some more interesting facts about water, part two of the podcast series PLUS one minute What You Can Do videos with even more water conservation tips.

These water facts inspire me to be conscious of my water use.

Hope they have a similar impact on you and your perspective on water!

1. Water covers 70.9 percent of the earth’s surface.ocean water

2. Only 2.5 percent of all Earth’s water is freshwater, which is what life needs to survive. Almost all of it is locked up in ice and in the ground.

3. Freshwater holds over 10 percent of all life on the planet and 35 percent of all vertebrates

4. In one year, the average American residence uses over 100,000 gallons of water (indoors and outside).

5. Americans use more water each day by flushing the toilet than they do by showering or any other activity.

Listen to part two of our Green Divas What You Can Do water conservation series where we talk about the impact of running toilets and leaks…

6. At 50 gallons per day, residential Europeans use about half the water that residential Americans do.woman carrying water

7.  Almost 800 million people don’t have access to clean water.

8. In Africa, 90 percent of the work of gathering water is done by women. Women and girls spend up to six hours a day fetching water.

9. Residents of sub-Saharan Africa use only 2-5 gallons of water per day.

10. Every day, one person drinks 2-4 liters of water and eats 2000-5000 liters or virtual water embedded in food.

1 hamburger = 634 gallons (although I’ve seen estimates into the thousands of gallons)
1 gallon of milk = 1000 gallons
1 slice of bread = 10 gallons

water used in agriculture11. Water availability is expected to decrease in many regions.

12. Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century.

13. More than a billion people currently live in water-scarce regions, and as many as 3.5 billion could experience water scarcity by 2025.

14. Agriculture accounts for approximately 70 percent of global freshwater withdrawals (up to 90 percent in some fast-growing economies).

15. Industry accounts for 20 percent of global freshwater withdrawels.

16. The dietary shift to meat and dairy (which requires more water) has been the greatest to impact on water consumption over the past 30 years and will likely continue well into the middle of the 21st century.

17. Up to 90 percent of wastewater in developing countries flows untreated into rivers, lakes and highly productive coastal zones. 

18. The IPCC predicts with high confidence that water stress will increase in central and southern Europe, and that by the 2070s, the number of people affected will rise from 28 million to 44 million. 

Watch these one-minute What You Can Do videos to learn more about conserving water:

Stay tuned for part three in the Green Divas What You Can Do water conservation series!

Click here to calculate your water footprint.

Sources: UNwater.org, EPA

About the author / 

Green Diva Lynn

Lynn Hasselberger is co-founder of GDGD Radio, The Green Divas Managing Editor and Producer of the GD Radio Show. She's also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, chocolate, comedy and NYR are just a few of her fave things. In her rare moments of spare time, she blogs at myEARTH360.com and LynnHasselberger.com. A treehugger and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr & @myEARTH360) and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking.

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