Here is a collection of 21 fun facts about drinking water and water statistics. Water plays a big part in our daily lives; we can't live without it. You might think that you know everything that there is to know about H20, but we just might surprise you. Read on to test your knowledge about this amazingly simple yet important substance. If you have hard water or if you are not happy with the state of your home water supply, contact the water softener and home water system specialists at WaterSmart.
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21 Fun Facts about drinking water
1. Out of the estimated 326 million trillion gallons of water on earth, only 0.007 percent is available to drink. Source: "How Much Water is There on Earth?"
2. On average a molecule of water will be 9 suspended days in the atmosphere, 2 weeks flowing in a river, 10 years floating in a large lake, 3,000 to 5,000 years sailing in an ocean, 10,000-100,000 or more years trapped underground, and 10,000 to 1,000,000 or more years frozen in an Antarctic ice cap. Source: Roddick, Anita. Troubled Water. Boulder, CO: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2004
3. About seventy to seventy-five percent of the earth is totally covered with water. Source: All About Water
4. Because the earth is a closed system it means that doesn't lose or gain extra matter. This means that the exact same water that was on the earth when it first came into being is still here today. Source: All About Water
5. There are about one million miles of pipeline and aqueducts in total in the U.S. and Canada. That is enough to go around the globe about 40 times. Source: "Stats on Tap." American Water Works Association. Accessed: June 23, 2017.
6. In the network of U.S. water systems there are over 600,000 miles of pipes. Source: "Stats on Tap." American Water Works Association. Accessed: June 23, 2017.
7. Water never goes bad so why do water bottles have an expiration date? The date is actually for the bottle itself. It expires."Water Never Goes Bad, So Why Does It Need An Expiration Date?" Smithsonian. February 15, 2013. Accessed: June 23, 2017
8. Seventy percent of our bodies are made up of water. Source: All About Water
9. It is a myth that drinking water can help keep your skin moist.The moisture level of skin is determined by external factors such as skin cleansing, the environment, the number of oil glands and how they function. When you drink water it does not reach the top layer of the skin. Source: Everyday Health
10. When a baby is born, about eighty per cent of its body weight is water. All About Water
11. If you are healthy, you are able to drink approximately 48 cups of water per day. Source: All About Water
12. If you drink too much water too quickly it can dilute the sodium levels in your bloodstream which can cause an imbalance of water in the brain. This is known as water intoxication. Source: All About Water
13. It is a myth that everyone needs to drink 8 glasses of water a day. The Institute of Medicine recommends that women drink about 2 liters or 8 glasses and men should drink about 3 liters or 12 glasses of any liquid per day, not just water.
14. Water is able to dissolve more substances than any other liquid. Wherever it goes, water can pick up and carry chemicals, minerals, and nutrients with it. Source: All About Water
15. By the time you begin to feel thirsty, your body has already lost more than 1 percent of its total water. Source: All About Water
16. After you do intense physical activity, the weight that you lose is actually water weight and not fat. Source: All About Water
17. You can live for about a month without eating, however, you can only live about one week without drinking water. Water is absolutely vital for your survival. Source: All About Water
18. All of the nutrients in your body primarily move through your body by water. Source: All About Water
19. Water is essential for proper circulation. Source: All About Water
20. If you suffer from joint or back pain, drinking water may significantly reduce your pain. Source: All About Water
21. Kitchener and Waterloo have some of the hardest water levels in all of Canada. Source: Canadian Water Quality Association
Do You Have More Water Questions?
If you have more questions about your home water or you are unsure about the best treatment system for your drinking water, contact the experts at WaterSmart. We have been advising our customers in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, and the surrounding areas since 1994. You can trust us to provide your family with a line of water treatment products guaranteed to supply conditioned, clean, and safe water to your home.