10 Facts About Water

Posted Friday, January 31, 2020

Water needs our help. We have the same amount of water today as we did when the Earth was formed. Constant use and pollution threaten our water resources. Experts estimate that nonpoint pollution, that is, agricultural and urban runoff combined with pollution by individuals, threatens our water resources more than industrial pollution.

We all have the opportunity to make positive decisions every day that affect drinking water. For example, whenever we notice a dripping faucet or see a sprinkler operating on a rainy day, we have an opportunity to conserve water by stopping waste. We can also conserve water by buying recycled paper products.

To help you learn more about water, here are 10 basic facts:

  • The first municipal water filtration works opened in Paisley, Scotland, in 1804.

  • Of all the earth's water, 97% is salt water found in oceans and seas.

  • Only 3% of the earth's water is fresh water. Two percent is currently frozen.

  • About two-thirds of the human body is water. Some parts of the body contain more water than others. For example, 70% of your skin is water.

  • There are approximately 55,000 community water systems providing water to the public in the United States.

  • Public water suppliers process 44 billion gallons of water per day for domestic and public use.

  • Approximately one million miles of pipelines and aqueducts carry water in the United States and Canada. That's enough to circle the earth 40 times. Skagit PUD has 650 miles of pipe.

  • An automatic dishwasher uses approximately 9 to 12 gallons of water while hand washing dishes can use up to 20 gallons.

  • On average, each American uses about 80-100 gallons of water a day.

  • We can protect our water sources by properly disposing of household chemicals and pharmaceuticals, preventing them from contaminating our water sources.