Water is essential to life on Earth. Here are some unique facts about water that you may not have been aware of.
- The average person in the United States uses anywhere from 80-100 gallons of water per day. Flushing the toilet takes up the largest amount of this water.
- By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of their total water amount.
- Pure water (solely hydrogen and oxygen atoms) has a neutral pH of 7, which is neither acidic nor basic.
- Much more fresh water is stored under the ground in aquifers than on the earth’s surface.
- The United States uses about 346 million gallons of fresh water every day.
- Water dissolves more substances, then any other liquid. Wherever it travels, water caries chemicals, minerals, and nutrients with it.
- Water moves around the earth in a water cycle, the cycle has five parts: Evaporation, condensation, precipitation, infiltration, and surface run-off.
- Frozen water is 9% lighter the water in its natural form, which is why ice floats on water
- 97% of the earth’s water is saltwater, located in oceans and seas.