To Honor World Water Day, Read Treehugger’s Eye-Opening Facts About Water

Since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as the first World Water Day, the day has come to symbolize a very important facet of the global environmental movement: humankind’s relationship with water. To honor the increasing awareness movements surrounding the global drought, Treehugger has compiled 36 Eye-Opening Facts About Water— a list so thorough and enriching that we felt compelled to share it. Below is an excerpt of some facts that stood out to us as being particularly insightful– but it’s worth reading the full post over at Treehuggerwhich we’ve excerpted in part below:

  • An inch of water covering one acre (27,154 gallons) weighs 113 tons.
  • Leaks in the New York City water supply system account for 36 million gallons of wasted water per day.
  • The first water pipes in the U.S. were made from hollowed logs.
  • On average, an American resident uses about 100 gallons of water per day, yet the average European resident uses only about 50 gallons of water per day, and a resident of sub-Saharan Africa uses 2 to 5 gallons of water per day.
  • It takes 2,641 gallons of water to make a pair of jeans.
  • It takes 2.6 gallons of water to make a sheet of paper.
  • It takes 39,090 gallons more water to manufacture a new car.
  • Collectively, South African women and children walk a daily distance equivalent to 16 trips to the moon and back in order to fetch water.

Read the rest of the story here.

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