Water Facts From National Geographic

We got a special issue of National Geographic in the mail today (I’m actually not sure why we got an issue of National Geographic…must be divine intervention due to my water challenge). It’s called “Water: Our Thirsty World.” I’ve enjoyed reading it.

Here are some things I’ve learned:

  • 97.5% of the world’s water is salt water.
  • 2.5 % of the world’s water is fresh.
  • Of that 2.5%, 2/3 is frozen.
  • There are 14,450 desalination plants worldwide. They produce 16 billion gallons of water each day.
  • Americans use about 100 gallons of water at home each day.
  • Millions of the world’s poorest people use less than 5 each day.
  • 46% of the world’s population do not have water piped into their homes.
  • Women in developing countries walk an average of 3.7 miles to get water.

WAIT. Read that last one again: 3.7 miles carrying water. How much water do you think you could carry for 3.7 miles? Not enough, I’m guessing. Also, imagine the safety risk that retrieving water poses for some women (think Darfur). Click HERE for a gallery of photos from National Geographic.

  • 3.3 million people die from water related health problems each year.
  • One out of eight people lack access to clean water.
  • The weight of China’s Three Gorges Reservoir will tilt the earth’s axis by nearly an inch.
  • The longest water tunnel supplying water to New York City is 85 miles long and LEAKS up to 35 MILLION GALLONS each day.
  • In Florida, 3,000 gallons are used to water the grass for EACH golf game played.
  • US swimming pools lose 150 BILLION gallons to evaporation every year.

All facts lifted right out of National Geographic. You can click HERE to get a free download of the special issue.