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  • The first municipal water filtration works opened in Paisley, Scotland in 1832.
  • More than 79,000 tons of chlorine are used per year in the United States and Canada.
  • Of all the earth's water, 97 percent is salt water in oceans and seas.
  • Only one percent of the earth's water is available for drinking water. Two percent is currently frozen.
  • About two-thirds of the human body is water. Some parts of the body contain more water than others. For example, 70 percent of human skin is water.
  • There are more than 56,000 community water systems providing water to the public in the United States.
  • Public water suppliers process 38 billion gallons of water per day for domestic and public use.
  • Approximately one million miles of pipelines and aqueducts carry water throughout the United States and Canada. That's enough to circle the earth 40 times.
  • About 800,000 water wells are drilled each year in the United States for domestic, farming, commercial and water testing purposes.
  • Typically, households consume 50 percent of their water by lawn sprinkling. Inside, toilets use the most water with an average of 27 gallons per person per day.
  • In 1974, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act to ensure that drinking water is safe for human consumption. The act requires public water systems to monitor and treat drinking water for safety.
  • More than 13 million households get their water from their own private wells and are responsible for treating and pumping water themselves.
  • The average daily requirement for fresh water in the United States is about 40 billion gallons a day with about 300 billion gallons used untreated for agriculture and commercial use.
  • You can survive about a month without food but only five to seven days without water.
  • Each person uses about 100 gallons of water a day at home.
  • The average five-minute shower uses roughly 15 to 25 gallons of water.
  • You can refill an eight-ounce glass of water about 15,000 times for the same cost as a six-pack of pop.
  • If every household in America had a faucet that dripped once each second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away.
  • One gallon of water weighs about eight and one-third pounds.
  • One inch of rainfall drops 7,000 gallons or nearly 30 tons of water on a 60' by 180' piece of land.
  • 300 million gallons of water are needed to produce the newsprint supply for a single day in the United States.
  • A person should consume two and one-half quarts of water per day to maintain health.


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