Water Trivia

From Cornell's latest water quality report.  Discussions of water and energy development often talk about the number of gallons at risk from development.  It is important to keep in context the large volumes of water that are used in everyday activities.

• There are over 58,900 community water systems in the United States processing more than 34 billion gallons per day.
• The average residence in the United States uses 107,000 gallons of water a year.
• It takes 62,600 gallons of water to produce one ton of steel.
• Eighty percent of the earth's surface is covered by water, but only one percent of the earth's water is suitable for drinking.
• It takes 101 gallons of water to make one pound of wool or cotton.
• Water acts as a natural insulator to regulate the earth’s temperature.
• It would take 219 million gallons of water to cover one square mile with one foot of water.
• One gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.