water facts

  • Nearly 97 percent of the world's water is saltwater or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2 percent is locked up in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves only one percent for all of humanity's needs—agricultural, residential, industrial, and community needs.
  • Once groundwater is polluted, it can stay that way for several thousand years.
  • Families turn on water faucets an average of 70 times daily.
  • If present consumption patterns continue, two out of every three people on Earth will live in water-stressed conditions by the year 2025.
  • On average, Americans use 40 to 60 percent of their water on their landscapes.
  • In order to maintain all the lawns in America, it would take approximately 200 gallons per person per day.
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