Water is everywhere, but many people don’t realize that just a fraction of 1% of all water on Earth is actually usable. Here, Green Water Technologies, a Texas-based water filtration company, opens up about a few of the more interesting facts surrounding this finite resource of H2O.
Q: Is it really true that human beings are made up of mostly water?
Green Water Technologies: The average human is between 50% and 75% pure H2O. Babies, however, are born with a nearly 80% body composition of water. Babies have more water in their bodies due to fat stores and softer bones, which contain more water.
Q: How much does water weigh?
Green water technologies: A single gallon of water averages just over 8 pounds. To break that down, an inch of water covering one acre, which is approximately 43,500 square feet, weighs in at 113 tons. And since water covers around 70% of land, it may be the heaviest thing on Earth.
Q: Which country uses the most water?
Green Water Technologies: The United States; the average American home uses greater than 100,000 gallons of water every year. That comes out to just over 400 billions of gallons of water being used in the US every day. About half of that is used to generate thermoelectric power – one of the few clean power sources in the US. The United States is followed by Greece, Malaysia, and Italy in per capita fresh water consumption.
Q: What are some ways to conserve water usage in the home?
Green Water Technologies: Water conservation is important for every single person on the planet. An individual can save nearly 3000 gallons of water by simply turning the faucet off while brushing their teeth in the morning and at night. Leaking toilets and dripping faucets waste nearly 80,000 gallons annually, so it’s important to keep the plumbing system in shape.