According to Seametrics.com, Water is the single most important resource in the world. Humans can’t live without it. Why is it so important? Here are ten facts about water that may surprise you:
1. Americans use 5.7 billion gallons per day from toilet flushes. – Who knew removing waste could be so wasteful? Flushing is one of the biggest water users in the house. An older toilet can use up to 5 to 7 gallons per flush. Consider investing in a low-flow toilet. These toilets use significantly less water per flush – only around 1.6 gallons. If an average person flushes around five times a day, the gallons of water used by your toilet can really add up.
2. If everyone in the US flushed the toilet just one less time per day, we could save a lake full of water about one mile long, one mile wide and four feet deep. – Now we aren’t advocating to strictly follow the mantra “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down,” but becoming more mindful of the amount of water you use per flush can save billions of gallons of water every day.
3. Three quarters of all Americans live within 10 miles of polluted water. – Water pollution isn’t simply a problem that’s occurring on the other side of the globe. Natural sources of water are being polluted everywhere. Remember the Animas River Spill from a few weeks ago? Accidents like this show that even water close to home can become polluted.
4. Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes. – Scaled down, this means the average household leak can account for more than 10, 000 gallons of water wasted every year – that’s equal to the amount needed to wash 270 loads of laundry! Don’t wait around to fix a leaky faucet. The quicker you get it fixed, the more water you’ll save.
5. Water makes up about 66 percent of the human body. Water serves a number of essential functions that we humans need to survive every day. It lubricates our joints, helps deliver oxygen, regulates body temperature, and allows the body’s cells to grow, reproduce, and survive. Water is a necessity for a healthy life. You can see why many people, groups, and organizations work hard to preserve and maintain a healthy supply of water in the world.
6. There are no scientific studies that support the recommendation to drink 8 glasses of water per day. – There is no one-size-fits-all amount of water every person should consume on a daily basis. The amount of water you need to stay hydrated is based on a variety of factors such as weight, height, and the amount of water intake derived from food consumption. Most of the quantity of water people need in a day is contained in prepared foods, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t drink water. Stay hydrated, and drink the amount your body is telling you it needs.
7. Drinking too much water can be fatal, known as water intoxication. According to scientists, if someone that weighed 165 pounds drank approximately 6 liters of water, this could cause the kidneys to overload with water and not be able to flush it out. The excess water then enters your body’s cells and causes them to swell. As brain cells begin to swell, this can cause what’s known as hypernatremia. Symptoms of water intoxication are fatigue, nausea, vomiting, headaches, excessive urination and disorientation. Listen to your body, and drink a quantity of water that’s appropriate to your needs.
8. Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water per day. – With a population of nearly 319 million people, this means the average American consumes just over 3 glasses of water every day. Don’t try to save by switching to plastic bottled water. The plastic waste generated is disturbing. Your tap water should be a safe source of clean, clear drinking water as long as you use a fridge filter instead of doing this:
9. A five-minute shower uses 200 litres of water – For standard shower heads, each minute of water running equates to 2.5 gallons of water. An average American family uses some 40 gallons of water per day in the shower. This amounts to 1.2 trillion gallons of water in the United States each year. To reduce your shower water waste, install an EPA-certified low-flow shower head, limit your time in the shower, or install an Evolve Technologies “thermostatic shut-off valve” that will let you know when your shower water is the perfect temperature.
10. 70% of the human brain is water. – Just because our brains are mostly filled with water doesn’t mean that everyone has water and water quality on the mind. By being more mindful of your water consumption and realizing the importance of clean, healthy water sources and supply, we can help reduce the large amount of water waste that occurs in the world today. Limit your water consumption, don’t pollute your water supply, and drink clean, healthy, pathogen-free drinking water from a refrigerator water filter.