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Water Facts - Worldwide Water Supply

Where Water is to be Found

Oceans
Ice Caps/Glaciers
Groundwater*
Freshwater Lakes
Inland seas/salt lakes
Atmosphere
Rivers
TOTAL
97.2%
 2.0%
 0.62%
 0.009%
 0.008%
 0.001%
 0.0001%
99.8381%

*Some of this lies too far under the earth's surface to be extracted at an affordable cost.

If the Earth Were a Globe 28 Inches in Diameter:

If 5 Gallons Represents all the Water on Earth:


Tablespoons
Oceans
Ice caps/glaciers
Groundwater*
Freshwater lakes
Inland seas/salt lakes
Atmosphere
Rivers
TOTAL
1244.16
     5.60
     7.93
     0.11
     0.10
     0.0128
     0.0012
1277.9130

 

 

 

 


*Some of this lies too far under the earth's surface to be extracted at an affordable cost

Sources of Fresh Water

Water Use in the U.S.

Measures of Water Use

Home Water Use (Approximate)

Gallons
Activity
3 Shaving and allowing the water faucet to run
1.6-5 Flushing a toilet
5 Brushing your teeth and allowing the water faucet to run
8 Cooking 3 meals
8 Cleaning house
10 Washing dishes for 3 meals
20-30 Washing clothes
30 Washing dishes and allowing the water faucet to run
30-40 Watering lawn
30-40 Washing a car
30-40 Taking a bath
40 8 minute shower (5 gallons/minute)

Garden Water Use

Water in the Body

How Much Water Does it Take to Produce Your Food?

Food
Portion
Gallons of water
Orange Juice
Orange
Cantaloupe
Broccoli
Catsup
Corn
Lettuce
Tomato
Tomato Sauce
Butter
Cheese
Milk
Yogurt
Beef Steak
Chicken
Egg
Hamburger
Tofu
Almonds
Sugar
White Rice
Brown Rice
Wheat Bread
White Bread
Pasta


1  
1  
1  
2  
1  
1  
1  
1  
4  
1  
1  
1  
1  
8  
8  
1  
4  
2  
1  
1  
2  
2  
1  
1  
cup
medium
melon
cups
ounce
ear
cup
small
ounces
pat
ounce
cup
cup
ounces
ounces
each
ounces
cups
ounce
tablespoon
cups
cups
slice
slice
ounces
     49
     14
   160
      11
       3
     80
       3
       8
     13
     46
     56
     48
     88
1,232
   330
     50
   616
      61
     80
       7
     25
     16
       7
     11
     36

Water Pollution

Sources

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