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  • At 1 drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons per year
  • A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day
  • Taking a bath requires up to 70 gallons of water. A five-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons.
  • The average faucet flows at a rate of 2 gallons per minute. You can save up to four gallons of water every morning by turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth.
  • Pre-rinsing dishes before loading the dishwasher can use up to 20 gallons of water, where the pre-rinse cycle on a machine uses just 1-2 gallons.
  • Americans use more water each day by flushing the toilet than they do by showering or any other activity.
  • The average top-loading washing machine uses about 40 gallons of water per load while the average front-loading washing machine uses 20-25 gallons of water per load.
  • American residents use about 100 gallons of water per day.
  • Only 3% of Earth’s water is fresh water. 97% of the water on Earth is salt water.
  • The water found at the Earth’s surface in lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and swamps makes up only 0.3% of the world’s fresh water.
  • 68.7% of the fresh water on Earth is trapped in glaciers.
  • Water covers 70.9% of the Earth’s surface.
  • More than 25% of bottled water comes from a municipal water supply, the same place that tap water comes from.
  • There is more fresh water in the atmosphere than in all of the rivers on the planet combined.
  • Water boils quicker in Denver, Colorado than in New York City.
  • In one year, the average American residence uses over 100,000 gallons (indoors and outside).
  • In 1900, 25,000 American’s died of typhoid. By 1960, thanks to the use of chlorine in water treatment, that number dropped to 20
  • If you drink your daily recommended 8 glasses of water per day from the tap, it will cost you about 50 cents per year. If you choose to drink it from water bottles, it can cost you up to $1,400 dollars.
  • There are approximately one million miles of water pipeline and aqueducts in the United States and Canada, enough to circle Earth 40 times.
  • The first water pipes in the US were made from wood (bored logs that were charred with fire).
  • A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.
  • An inch of water covering one acre (27,154 gallons) weighs 113 tons.
  • Water vaporizes at 212 degrees F, 100 degrees C.
  • Water is the only substance found on earth naturally in three forms: solid, liquid and gas.
  • Water makes up between 55-78% of a human’s body weight.