10 Amazing Facts about Water Use Worldwide

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Considering that less than 1 percent of all the water on the planet is usable freshwater, we’re not nearly as careful as we should be with this precious resource. Here are some amazing facts to put things in perspective.

1. Set in the desert of Dubai, the Tiger Woods Golf Course uses 4 million gallons of water every day to maintain its lush appearance.

2. Since 1950, water usage in the United States has risen 127 percent.

3. Even though each person only requires 48 liters of water on a daily basis, individuals in the United States use an average of 500 liters, those in Canada an average of 300 liters and those in England an average of 200 liters.

4. Of all the water that enters each household, about 95% of it ends up down the drain.

5. With access to just 5 liters of water each day, more than a billion people in water poor regions around the globe survive on the same amount used to flush a toilet or take a 5-minute shower.

6. If you shorten your showers by just a single minute, you can save approximately 700 gallons of water in a month.

7. Letting the tap run when you brush your teeth wastes up to 4 gallons of water every time.

8. It takes an average of 300 gallons to water your lawn. During the summer, this can account for almost half of your water usage.

9. Every time you throw your clothes in the washer, you use about 50 gallons of water.

10. Another wasteful desert endeavor, the proposed Waveyards water park in Mesa, Arizona will require up to 100 million gallons of groundwater every year in an area that receives a mere 8 inches of rainfall in that time.

So, what can we do? Learn more about water conservation, and check out 100 ways you can conserve water.

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12 thoughts on “10 Amazing Facts about Water Use Worldwide

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  2. How much fresh water is available in the U.S. How much is used for the following:
    Fracking, Drinking, Agriculture, Natural Sites, Entertainment, & Other

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  5. I live in California where I find lawns despicable, but even in New Jersey where I grew up – yes – we water our lawns!
    I’m confused by one fact – we need 48 litres a day? We only need 3-4 to drink, so where are the other 45 litres that we ‘need’ going and how was that number calculated?

  6. Agriculture is important and feeds people. But when urban dwellers use water 60 to 80 percent of fresh water is leaked out of the various pipes.

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  8. I have been extremely lucky to travel and live in a few continents. World is full of disparities; most people in the affluent western cultures are good at recycling paper and plastic but when it comes to water it is another story. The water from the shower and kitchen for sure can be used for lawns; but nobody does. The water used per household in the west can be enough for a 100 households in a poorer countries.

  9. Do people water their lawns?! Maybe its just because I’m a Brit (and we don’t seem to have a shortage of lawn watering rain!)

    Also became aware of the wastage of home water after some research for a green project I was working on. The 95% is easy to believe and disgraceful – there are so many ways to re-use water, with little or no processing!

  10. We have to get rid of lawns. Don’t know what to do about the golf courses. Imagine the water use in Florida, alone! And how bout Las Vegas?

  11. Wow – Did not know about the golf course in Dubai. 4 MILLION Gals a day?! Now that’s crazy.

    Another fact that I think most folks are not aware of is that agriculture uses 70 to 80% of the world’s fresh water. More water facts here too.


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