Monday, February 1, 2010

17 Quick Tips and Interesting Facts About Water ...

I've been thinking about water and thought I'd just share some of the things I've come across recently. Here you go:

  1. One percent (1%) of the earth’s water is suitable for drinking.

  2. Approximately one billion people do not have access to clean drinking water.

  3. Nothing beats a nice, cold glass of water. Instead of letting the tap run until the cold water comes through ... keep a container in the refrigerator. You'll save approximately 2 gallons (per glass).

  4. There are approximately one million miles of pipeline and aqueducts in the United States and Canada ... enough to circle the earth 40 times.

  5. Headaches are often caused by dehydration so try drinking a glass of water, before taking an aspirin, for relief.

  6. When taking a shower, put the plug in the tub ... it's a great way to see how much water you are using. By the way ... shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.

  7. Turn off the water while you wash your hair and soap up.

  8. Water regulates the earth’s temperature. Here's a surprise ... it's a natural insulator.

  9. All known forms of life depend on water.

  10. Rather than defrost food under running water, plan ahead and defrost in the refrigerator (you'll get the added benefit of the frozen food keeping the temperature low in the refrigerator).

  11. Choose native shrubs and plants for your yard ... they typically require less watering.

  12. A person can live over a month without food but only about a week without water.

  13. One person uses over 100 gallons of water a day.

  14. It takes approximately 62,600 gallons of water to produce one ton of steel.

  15. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

  16. When you have ice left in your glass, give it to a plant rather than toss it down the drain.

  17. 3.575 million people die each year from water-related diseases (from World Health Organization).

How do you conserve water?

As always ... I would love to hear from you!