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Water Facts - Worldwide Water Supply

Where Water is to be Found
  Percentage
Oceans 97.2%
Ice Caps/Glaciers 2.0%
Groundwater* 0.62%
Freshwater Lakes 0.009%
Inland seas/salt lakes 0.008%
Atmosphere 0.001%
Rivers 0.0001%
TOTAL 99.8381%
If 5 Gallons Represents all the Water on Earth
  Tablespoons
Oceans 1244.16
Ice caps/glaciers  5.60
Groundwater*  7.93
Freshwater lakes 0.11
Inland seas/salt lakes 0.10
Atmosphere 0.0128
Rivers  0.0012
TOTAL 1277.9130

 

 

 

 

*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:

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

Water Pollution

Sources

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Last update: September 26, 2012

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