There is so much about our planet’s water supply that we don’t understand. Though water continues to hold its mysteries, the experts at Green Water Technologies have dedicated their professional lives to unraveling some of the myths and misinformation about this most abundant substance on Earth. Here, the Texas-based GE Pro Elite dealer answers some of the questions it has received from customers.
Q: Water is easily accessible in most developed countries, but what about those without a well-built infrastructure?
Green Water Technologies: It is estimated that upwards of 400 million people live in areas where access to water is difficult, at best. A huge portion of these must make at least a three hour trek each day to fetch fresh water for cooking, drinking, and bathing. Even those in coastal areas often suffer from a water shortage, as only 1% of the world’s water is drinkable. Ocean water, while readily available, will actually cause dehydration when consumed by living beings. Here’s another fun fact: the undrinkable surface water that isn’t salty is mostly frozen.
Q: Do bones contain water?
Green Water Technologies: Yes. The body is made up of mostly water – in fact, babies’ bodies contain up to 90% water. Most people don’t realize, however, that our bones are 25% water.
Q: How does water get from underground to the surface?
Green Water Technologies: Ground water is leached to the surface through tiny cracks and crevices in the earth. Sometimes, it springs up after major events, like an earthquake. Most groundwater moves extremely slow. It takes approximately the span of one human life to move a single mile.
Q: What is the most common use for water?
Green Water Technologies: The majority of fresh water is used in agriculture, either to cultivate crops or for consumption by animals. It takes almost 7,000 gallons of water to create enough food to sustain a family of four for a single day. Some of that water goes back into the atmosphere while it’s in use; for example, a half an acre of corn releases around 2,000 gallons of water as evaporation every day.