Water is one of the key ingrediants of life, yet we give it very little respect. Here’s the first page of a few with neat facts about water.

United States
Environmental Protection Office of Water Agency 4601


  1. How much water does it take to process a quarter pound of hamburger?

    Approximately one gallon.

  2. How much water does it take to make four new tires?

    2,072 gallons

EPA 810-F-95-001 April 1995

  1. What is the total amount of water used to manufacture a new car, including new tires?

    39,090 gallons per car

  2. How many households use private wells for their water supply?

    17,000,000 households

  3. Water is the only substance found on earth naturally in the three forms.

    True (solid, liquid, and gas)

  4. Does water regulate the earth’s temperature? Yes (it is a natural insulator)

  5. How long can a person live without food?

    More than a month

    How long can a person live without water?

    Approximately one week, depending upon conditions.

  6. How much water must a person consume per day to maintain health?

    2.5 quarts from all sources (i.e., water, food)

  7. How much water does a birch tree give off per day in evaporation?

    70 gallons

  8. How much water does an acre of corn give off per day in evaporation?

    4,000 gallons

  9. How many miles of pipeline and aqueducts are in the US and Canada?

    Approximately one million miles, or enough to circle the earth 40 times

  10. What were the first water pipes made from in the US?

    Fire charred bored logs

  11. How much water is used to flush a toilet?

    2-7 gallons

  12. How much water is used in the average five-minute shower?

    25-50 gallons

  13. How much water is used to brush your teeth?

    2 gallons

  14. How much water is used on the average for an automatic dishwasher?

9-12 gallons 

Did you know that synthetic fertilizers contribute to dead zones in the ocean. see below from Wikipedia.

Dead zones are hypoxic (low-oxygen) areas in the world’s oceans and large lakes, caused by “excessive nutrient pollution from human activities coupled with other factors that deplete the oxygen required to support most marine life in bottom and near-bottom. 

Some of these were as small as a square kilometre (0.4 mi²), but the largest dead zone covered 70,000 square kilometres (27,000 mi²). A 2008 study counted 405 dead zones worldwide.[3][4]

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