In today’s post, the water experts at Green Water Technologies explain how multiple billions of gallons of fresh water are wasted each year.
According to Green Water Technologies, the first water system in the United States was built out of hollow logs, creatively fashioned together by the country’s first plumbers. While we’ve come a long way utilizing new materials since then, our water supply system is far from perfect. In North America, there’s approximately one million miles of water pipelines – enough to circle the globe more than three dozen times. Leaky pipes in New York City alone waste 36 million gallons of water every day.
Every day in America, every single person uses around 100 gallons of water for bathing, food preparation, and drinking. Green Water Technologies says European residents use about half that. By contrast, people living in the furthest reaches of the sub-Saharan desert have very little access to water and only use around two to five gallons per day.
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.
In the battle of tap vs. bottled water, there’s a clear winner, say the water experts at Green Water Technologies. Tap water, time and again, has proven superior to its more expensive, cleverly marketed bottled counterparts. And today, more and more consumers are starting to take note as they learn exactly what’s in their bottled water.
Bottled water, straight from the tap
According to Green Water Technologies, bottled water is often just tap water anyway. Many major water bottling companies purchase their water for pennies on the dollar from municipal water supplies. And while this water is treated and purified, it’s often no better from a health or taste standpoint than drinking straight from the tap.
It is an undisputed fact that water is essential to life. According to the experts at Green Water Technologies, every living thing requires water in order to stay alive. Here, representatives from the Texas-based water filtration service provider answer questions about water and life.
Q: Why is it so important that humans drink enough water?
Green Water Technologies: Water carries nutrients and oxygen to every cell in the body. It eases the burden on the liver and kidneys by flushing waste products. Water helps regulate body temperature, ensuring that we don’t overheat in extreme climates. Water plays a major role in every system of the body; without it, life could not exist.
Q: Does water interact with nutrients and minerals?
Green Water Technologies: Water works 24 hours a day to dissolve minerals and nutrients, making them more absorbable and accessible to the body. Water is considered a universal solvent and can break down virtually everything we ingest to either distribute it throughout our systems or purge it from our bodies.
Water is literally everywhere. In the ground; in the air. It’s an unavoidable substance. But, for all we know about this essential life liquid, there’s a lot most people don’t realize. In the following Q&A, Green Water Technologies opens up about some of the lesser-known facts floating around within the Earth’s water supply.
Q: How much of a contaminant does it take to render fresh water undrinkable?
Green Water Technologies: That depends on the substance. For instance, a single gallon of gasoline will taint 750,000 gallons of water. Water is remarkably resilient, however, and cleans itself through what is known as the Water Cycle. This system is so efficient that if human pollution were halted today, it would only take 10 years to clear 98% of the Earth’s groundwater. But with 500 new chemicals being developed each year, chances of that happening are slim. Continue reading
How much do you know about the water you consume each day? Find out with this True or False quiz from the experts at Green Water Technologies.
True or False? Coffee and sodas contain water, so that counts toward my daily recommended intake.
FALSE. Wrong! Drinking caffeinated beverages actually removes water from your system. Caffeine is a diuretic so for every cup of coffee you drink, you need two glasses of water, says Green Water Technologies.
True or False? Most homes use more water in the bathroom than in cooking, drinking, cleaning, and watering the yard combined.
TRUE: Most showerheads allow for about 20 gallons of water for each 10 minutes in the shower. For a family of four, that really adds up and easily beats out all other residential water uses. Continue reading
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. Continue reading