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20 Unknown Facts About Water From Water Damage Team
The Water Damage Team has compiled a list of 20 unknown facts about water. Every human needs water to survive, but how much do we really know about it?
“Every person on this planet needs water to survive. We use water to shower, cook food, and there’s nothing more refreshing then jumping into a pool on a hot summer afternoon,” claims David Beavers, owner of the Water Damage Team. “But water can also kill millions and water damage can cost thousands in repair costs. But what do we really know about water? Below are 20 water facts about water that were collected by my water extraction and repair experts.”
1. The average American uses at least 80 gallons of water per day.
2. 75 % of the earth’s surface is made up of water.
3. 97% of the earth’s water is in the oceans, 2% is frozen in glaciers, while only 1% is considered drinkable. This 1% supplies water to all the humans in the world.
4. 75% of earth’s available fresh water is frozen in the polar ice caps.
5. Humans can live without food for over a month, but a person can not live without water for more then a week
6. Showers, bathroom faucets, toilets, and kitchen sinks use up to 5 gallons of water per minute.
7. An average dishwasher uses about 25 gallons of water for cycle.
8. An average washing machine uses about 30 gallons of water for every load of laundy.
9. It takes 2 gallons for the average American to brush their teeth, 5 gallons to flush a toilet, and between 25 and 50 gallons to take a shower.
10. If everyone in the United States used just one less gallon of water per shower every day, we could save at least 85 billion gallons of water per year.
11. If everyone in the United States flushed the toilet just one less time per day, we could save enough water to fill a mile long lake full of water.
12. On average, it takes about a gallon of water to process a quarter pound of ground beef.
13. On average, it takes 2,072 gallons of water to make four new tires.
14. The farming industry is a major source of water pollution, specifically fromfertilizer and agricultural run-off.
15. Ancient Egyptians treated water by siphoning it out of the top of huge jars filled with water from the Nile River.
16. Hippocrates, also known as the Greek father of medicine, was the first person to recognize the importance of purifying water when he told people in Greece to boil and strain water before drinking it.
17. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that scientists began to suspect that water could carry diseases. Water had been treated before, but always for taste or smell, this was when water began to be treated for safety.
18. The first American water plant with filters was built in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1872.
19. For each glass of water you drink in a restaurant another two glasses of water were used to properly wash and rinse the glass. If one out of every four people declined a glass of water we would save 26 million gallons per day.
20. The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 was the first time in the United States that public drinking water supplies were protected on a federal level.
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The Water Damage Team is a nation wide disaster restoration company, with years of experience in water removal and water drying. As well as storm damage clean up, contaminated water removal of all levels, structural drying, debris removal and mold remediation. Our water damage restoration specialist are trained and certified in all of the industries standards and techniques. At the Water Damage Team we understand that rapid response is key to preventing any additional loss, so our specialist are available to answer calls and response 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call 1-800-533-0626 for immediate assistance.