Today is World Water Day, an effort by the UN Water Organization to raise economic and social awareness about water. 10 interesting water usage facts we found in our research to consider:
1. To create one pint of beer it takes 20 gallons of water.
2. A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.
3. 1 gallon of wine requires 1,008 gallons of water.
4. A rat is the animal that can last the longest without water.
5. A swimming pool naturally loses about 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters) a month to evaporation.
6. 1 pound of chocolate requires 3,170 gallons of water.
7. It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub.
8. If everyone in the US used just one less gallon of water per shower every day, we could save some 85 billion gallons of water per year.
9. There are no scientific studies that support the recommendation to drink 8 glasses of water per day.
10. An elephant can smell water up to 5 kilometers away
Locally in Texas, if you’re interested in conserving water as well as keeping your lawn healthy, you can sign up for Water my Yard from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. It pinpoints the exact amount of time to water based on your lawn, grass, rainfall and sprinkler heads. While it’s true that industry is the big user of water, it is also true that in most of our suburban cities residential lawn watering is the biggest culprit in water consumption.
Today can inspire all of us to use water wisely, and consider the consequences of our consumption.