Water Facts

Interesting Facts
  • Water is the most common substance found on earth
  • The only water we will ever have is what we have right now
  • In a 100-year period, a water molecule spends 98 years in the ocean, 20 months as ice, about 2 weeks in lakes and rivers, and less than a week in the atmosphere
  • Each day the sun evaporates 1,000,000,000,000 (a trillion) tons of water
  • Water is the only substance on earth naturally found in the 3 true element forms: Solid, liquid, and gas
  • 80% of the earth's surface is water
  • 97% of the earth's water is the oceans and seas
  • 66% of your body is water
  • Bones are 25% water
  • Human blood is 83% water
  • A person can survive without food for more than 30 days, but less than a week without water
  • A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds
  • For every 2.31 feet that water is raised above the earth's surface it can create 1 pound per square inch of pressure
  • For every 2.31 feet you are submerged below a body of water's surface there is 1 pound per square inch of pressure equally placed on your body
  • The first water pipes made in the U.S. were fire-charred, bored-out logs
  • There are over 1 million miles of water pipelines and aqueducts in the United States and Canada - enough to circle the globe 40 times
  • There are over 59,000 community public water systems in the U.S.
  • Community water systems process over 35 billion gallons of water daily
  • The average household uses 107,000 gallons of water per year
  • It takes 1,851 gallons of water to refine 1 barrel of crude oil
  • It takes 1,500 gallons of water to process 1 barrel of beer
  • It takes 120 gallons of water to produce 1 egg
  • Over 42,000 gallons of water (enough to fill a 30 x 50-foot swimming pool) are needed to grow and prepare the food for a typical Thanksgiving dinner for 8
  • A single birch tree will give off 70 gallons of water per day in evaporation
  • An acre of corn will give off 4,000 gallons of water per day in evaporation