10 Important Facts About Water

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A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water. Here are some more important facts about fresh water.


1
The average African family uses about 5 gallons of water a day. The average American family uses more than 250 gallons a day.

2
One billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water.

3
According to the World Water Development Report, many girls in developing countries cannot attend school because they are responsible for gathering domestic water.

4
Every 8 seconds, a child dies from contaminated water.

5
Twenty-five million people die each year from contaminated water. That is the entire population of Canada.

6
In Bellevue, Ohio, public and private wastes were dumped into sinkholes and wells beginning in 1872. Over 120 years later, those wastes still show up in drinking water.

7
Approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the United States per day.

8
80% of all illness in the developing world is water related.

9
Agriculture accounts for ~70% of global freshwater withdrawals

10
Over 90% of the world’s supply of fresh water is located in Antarctica.