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30 Random Facts About Water

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30 Random Facts About Water

Did you know that water is the most common substance on earth, but also the most underrated?  

Water is more than just what comes through our kitchen tapsThere are hundreds, if not thousands of interesting facts about water. Some are fun, some are more serious and some are just scientific fact.

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But we know you don’t have all day, so we have picked our top 30 random facts about water to show just how versatile water really is.

Did you know….

  1. Only 1% of the earth’s water is suitable for drinking water. This is because 97% of the world’s water is undrinkable (too salty, or other factors) and the other 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers.
  2. 80% of the earth’s surface is water.
  3. 30% of the world’s freshwater is in the ground and 68.7% is trapped in glaciers.
  4. The UK has become the sixth largest net importer of water in the world, and only 38% of the UK’s total water use comes from its own resources.
  5. There is about the same amount of water on Earth now as there was millions of years ago
  6. Water is constantly being recycled, so you could be drinking water from the dinosaur era as we speak!
  7. Water weighs about 8 pounds a gallon
  8. 66% of the human body is water.  
  9. 70% of the human brain is water
  10. A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water
  11. Water expands by 9% when it freezes
  12. Children in the first 6 months of life consume seven times as much water per pound as the average adult
  13. It takes about 12 gallons per day to sustain a human (this figure takes into account all uses for water, like drinking, sanitation and food production.
  14. About 6,800 gallons of water is required to grow a day’s food for a family of four.. To put this into perspective, 1 Gallon in the UK (imperial) is equivalent to 16 Cups (imperial).
  15. To create one pint of beer it takes 20 gallons of water.
  16. It takes 120 gallons of water for one egg
  17. 1 pound of chocolate requires 3,170 gallons of water
  18. A jellyfish and a cucumber are each 95% water
  19. It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub
  20. 300 tons of water are required to manufacture 1 ton of steel
  21. 1 in 6 gallons of water leak from utility pipes before reaching customers in the US
  22. Refilling a half-litre reusable water bottle 1,740 times with tap water is the equivalent cost of a 99 cent water bottle at a supermarket
  23. 780 million people lack access to an improved water source.
  24. In just one day, 200 million work hours are consumed by women collecting water for their families
  25. 1/3 what the world spends on bottled water in one year could pay for projects providing water to everyone in need
  26. 80% of all illness in the developing world is water related
  27. Up to 50% of water is lost through leaks in cities in the developing world
  28. In some countries, less than half the population has access to clean water
  29. 40 billion hours are spent collecting water in Africa
  30. 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet

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Is there anything that surprises you about water? Do you have any random facts to share?