Fun Facts On Sustainability (On Water)

Fun Facts On Sustainability (On Water)

Here are 8 fun facts on sustainability regarding water:
  • A hot water faucet that leaks one drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month. That's more than one person uses in two weeks.
  • An energy-smart clothes washer can save more water in one year than one person drinks in an entire lifetime.
  • An automatic dishwasher uses less hot water than doing dishes by hand -- an average of six gallons less, or more than 2,000 gallons per year.
  • An American family of four uses up to 260 gallons of water in the home per day.
  • Running tap water for two minutes is equal to 3-5 gallons of water.
  • A 5-minute shower is equal to 20-35 gallons of water.
  • A full bath is equal to approximately 60 gallons of water.
  • Water efficient fixtures can cut water use by 30 percent.

Keep in mind - of the waters occupying 70% of the Earth’s surface, only 3% is considered freshwater. Additionally, about 2.6% of this freshwater is inaccessible to humans. They’re either locked up in polar ice caps and glaciers, stored in the atmosphere or soil, are highly polluted or are too far underneath the earth’s surface to be extracted.

Sources: Point Park University & World Water Reserve

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