The Earth is covered with a lot of water- approximately 70 percent of its surface area to be exact. But did you know that only one percent of that is readily available for humans to drink? That’s because nearly 97 percent is salt water and another two percent is located in the glaciers and ice caps.
In other words, if you put the world’s entire water supply into a four litre bottle, only one tablespoon of it would be suitable for humans to drink. Here are some more interesting facts about water that will have you looking at your daily beverage differently.
Water Facts - Did You Know?
From dinosaur molecules to the hazards of the bottled water industry, the following are some interesting facts about water we didn’t know about before!
United Kingdom Water Facts
- Every person who lives in Briton goes through approximately 150 litres of tap water per day
- If the populations of Wales and England turned off the tap water while brushing their teeth, 180 mega litres of water would be saved per day; that’s enough to supply water to 500,000 homes and fill 180 Olympic sized swimming pools
- If every person in the UK cut one minute off their shower time, 1420 million litres of water would be saved each year
- Approximately 23 percent of the average person in the UK’s energy bill comes from heating water
- People in the UK have less water available to them than other European countries
- The European Food Safety Authority recommends eight 200ml glasses of water per day for women and 10 200ml daily glasses of water for men
- The bottled water industry alone is responsible for releasing 350,00 tons of carbon dioxide into the Earth’s atmosphere in the UK alone
- Approximately 2.7 million properties in Wales and England alone are at risk of flooding
- The wettest year on record for England and Wales was in 1872 when 1285mm of rain fell; the third wettest year since the records began in 1766 was in 2012 with 1243mm of rain
- The water that we drink today is the same water we drink today
Bottled And Tap Water Facts
- Dripping tap water wastes approximately 5,500 litres of water every year
- In 2007, approximately 13 billion plastic bottles were purchased in the UK alone; that was the last year a count was taken
- The world’s most expensive bottled water, Aurum 79, costs $900,000 per bottle; it comes in a crystal glass bottle with 24-carat gold, 113 diamonds and edible gold flakes
Facts About How We Use Our Water
- The average person in the UK uses 80 litres per bath; approximately 62 litres are used during the average shower; power showers use twice as much!
- Approximately 63 percent of the water consumed in the average homes comes from the bathroom; 30 percent comes from the toilet
- Just one Sunday newspaper requires 300 litres of water to make
- It takes 8000 litres of water to grow enough cotton to make a pair of jeans
- It takes 8.4 litres of water to manufacture enough plastic to make one single bottle of water
- Every toilet flush uses eight litres of water
- The average dishwasher cycle uses 100 litres of water
Earth and Space Water Facts
- Antarctica supplies approximately 90 percent of the world’s fresh water; it has as much ice as the Atlantic Ocean has water
- The earth’s temperature is regulated by water
- Water is the only mineral that can be found in three forms: solid, liquid and gas
- Approximately 40 percent of the atmospheres falls as precipitation each day
- Approximately 90 percent of the ocean’s litter is in the form of plastic
- The largest lake on Earth is the Caspian Sea, which is 143,244 square miles long
- Every kilogram of sea water contains 35 grams of salt
- The wettest part of the UK is the Western Highlands in Scotland; it gets 3 meters each year
- Britain’s shortest river is the River Morar; it links Loch Morar, which is the 17th deepest lake in the world and the largest in Britain
Anatomy of Water Facts
- Human blood is composed of approximately 83 percent water
- There are three types of human tears; basal tears prevent dryness, reflex tears protect from environmental irritants, and emotional tears emerge after a good movie
- A water molecule spends 10 days in the air after it has been evaporated
- Each day the sun evaporates approximately 1 trillion tons of water
- A child dies of a water-borne disease every 15 seconds
Berry Infused Detox Water Recipe
All that water talk made us thirsty! Now that you’re much wiser about water, try this berry infused detox water whenever you need a refreshing edge to your detox or when you’re just looking to jazz up you regular drinking water.
You’ll need a handful of each:
To make, place the above ingredients in a jug of Biocera Alkaline Water filtered water and store in the refrigerator. Pour a glass whenever you need a natural energy boost!