- Water Department
- Water Facts
- Water is the most vital nutrient to all living things, whether animal or vegetable.
- Although you could go as long as 4 to 5 weeks without food, you could not survive without water for longer than 5 to 7 days.
- The human body is 2/3 water. Our bones contain 33% water, our brain cells are composed of 75% water, our skin is about 70% water, and even our blood is almost all water.
- Unlike most other bodily functions, the absorption of water requires no energy.
- The recommended daily water intake is ten 8 ounce glasses.
- The body absorbs cold water faster than warm water.
- Not drinking enough water can cause weight gain. The brain automatically sends a signal to the organs to retain water when it's not receiving enough.
- Studies have shown decreasing water consumption can cause fat deposit to increase. Water is also a natural appetite suppressant.
- You can loose up to 3 quarts of water if you go for a run on a hot day.
- Your energy level can decrease as must as 20% with the loss of just 2% of your body fluids. If you loose 10%, you would not be able to walk. If you loose 20%, you would die without fast treatment.
- A person approximately 70 years old will have required about 1.5 million gallons of water throughout their life.
- Water covers approximately 70% of the Earth's surface. 97.24% is oceans, 2.15% is polar ice and glaciers, 0.61% is groundwater, 0.017% is lakes, 0.005% is in the soil, 0.0001% is in the atmosphere, and 0.00001% is found in rivers.
- Freshwater is found in lakes, rivers and underground aquifers. This water is unevenly distributed with at least 13% of the planet's renewable supply of freshwater being found in Brazil.
- There are more than 36,000 large scale dams found around the world today. This helps sustain areas where water availability is dependent on seasons or geographical location.
- More than 70% of the world's population goes without clean water.
- According the World Resources Institute, poisoned waterways have played a major part in endangering and in some cases driving to extinction at least 20% of the world's freshwater fishes.
- It takes approximately 280 gallons of water to produce one Sunday newspaper!
- Only 1% of all water in the United States is used for drinking, with most being used in the production of electricity.
- Almost everything we wear, eat, or use requires water somewhere during production.
- Nature has it's own ways of purifying water by storing it in ponds, lakes and rivers, or by filtering it. In stored water, suspended matter will settle to the bottom, harmful bacteria will die off, sunlight reduces discoloration, hardness is reduced, and organic matters oxidize. Filtering through soil removes suspended matter and bacteria, and still other materials are removed by biological action.