MEP CA AB 1103

World Water Day

It is easy to take water for granted when it is so ubiquitous in our daily lives. We use it every single day for a wide range of tasks from the mundane watering of our lawns to the vital consumption to keep us alive. Around the world it is viewed as a commodity to some, a natural right by others, and a desperate need by far too many. March 22 is World Water Day, so let's take a moment to reflect on this chemical that all known life depends on.

  1. Only 2.5% of the water on earth is fresh water.

  2. 68% of fresh water is found in icecaps and glaciers while 30% is found underground.

  3. Americans use an average of 88 gallons of water per day according to the EPA.

  4. The average American family wastes 180 gallons of water per week.

  5. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration our nation's large commercial buildings (>200,000 square feet) used 980 million gallons of water per day in a surveyed year.

  6. 844 Million people in the world do not have access to safe water.

  7. A human being can only survive 3 to 4 days without water.

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