I'm gonna break it down in pieces here... because what we're looking at...
is a BIG OL' MESS!!!
Did you know:
An eye is 95% water.
Earth’s Water Distribution:
71% of the Earth is water.
That means… there are roughly 326 million cubic miles of water on the planet.
Ice Caps/Glaciers 2.0%
Freshwater Lakes 0.009%
Inland seas/salt lakes 0.008%
But… you should probably know… that of the 3% of Available Fresh Water 2.5% is locked in glacial ice, the soil, or is too polluted to use.
So… that leaves us humans… with just a measly 0.5%.
Yup. Just 0.5%. That’s it. That’s everything.
So.,. How Much Water Does it Take:
3 gallons – letting faucet run while shaving
2-5 gallons – flushing toilet
5 gallons – letting faucet run while brushing teeth
8 gallons – to cook 3 meals
14 gallons – to produce 1 orange
20-30 gallons – for washing clothes
40 gallons – for an 8-minute shower
49 gallons – to make 1 cup of OJ
80 gallons – to produce 1 ear of corn
88 gallons – to produce 1 cup of yogurt
And that’s just a few of the every-day things we expend water for.
How to Conserve Water:
Shut water off while shaving and brushing teeth.
Get a low-flow shower head.
Check toilets for leaks.
Take shorter showers.
Cool water in fridge instead of letting it run to cool.
Only water your lawn when it needs it.
Water your lawn during the coldest part of the day.
Utilize water-saving car washes instead of washing your car at home.
Forever Chemicals and Your Water:
With more than 5,000 kinds… ‘Forever Chemicals’ are synthetic chemicals that have been used since the 1940’s for… pretty much everything. Think: Teflon, stain-repellant, waterproofing chemicals, and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (AKA: PFAS)
They are called ‘Forever Chemicals’ because they never break down and remain in our bodies for YEARS.
And… right now… it is estimated that 110 million people may be drinking water contaminated with Forever Chemicals.
PFAS chemicals are widely used to coat fast food wrappers.
PFAS chemicals are also in cosmetics and personal care products.
Fire Fighting Foam – used by the military for decades – after it was known to cause health problems… is what some are now calling ‘Legacy Pollution’.
You can see the map of where PFAS chemicals are concentrated here:
You can find out if your skin care and cosmetics contain PFAS chemicals here:
Here's a handy guide to avoiding PFAS:
Forever Chemicals May Cause:
How to Get Rid of Forever Chemicals from Your Water:
Reverse Osmosis is the most effective way to remove Forever Chemicals from your drinking water.
Read About Reverse Osmosis Here:
Read about Forever Chemicals Here:
*The Environmental Working Group a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.
On Factory Farming:
Factory farms produce 130 times more waste than the entire human population of the Earth combined.
To flush a dairy farm, it takes 150 gallons of water per cow, every day.
Factory Farm waste is stored in cesspools, that can foster dangerous levels of toxins, as well as risky algae blooms. Both can cause human illnesses.
Places like the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the Gulf of Mexico, and The Chesapeake Bay are all experiencing Dead Zones – due to Nitrogen run-off. These Dead Zones are large areas where nothing can grow or survive.
Factory Farming is notorious for causing Heavy Metal Contamination. Metals like copper and zinc that are fed to animals as supplements end up accumulating in the soil as waste. Both Copper and Zinc will kill fish and plant life if leached into water-ways in too-high concentration.
*Run off from Factory Farming spreads pathogens into surrounding ground water, which causes it then to spread to lakes and rivers. This makes activities like swimming and boating more dangerous as the temperatures heat up and pathogens can survive in the water longer.
*National Pork Producers Council has had to face several law suits due to this issue alone.
Interesting Water Facts:
There is no more and no less water on the Earth today as there was when the Earth was formed.
The water you drink today contains molecules the dinosaurs would have drank.
Only 0.5% of all the water on the Earth is available as usable water. Just 0.5% - that must be shared by all, for things like farming and manufacturing and showering and… of course… drinking.
Earth’s water regulates the temperature of the Earth.
A human is 75% H2O, just like a living tree.
The Nile River is the longest river in the world at 4,132 miles.
The average home uses about 50 gallons of tap water a day.
Sad But True:
Every 8 seconds a child under the age of five dies from water-born-diseases.
Water pollution kills 10,000 every single day. That’s about 3.6 MILLION a year.
More people own mobile phones than have access to toilets.
Improved water supply could decrease the global disease burden by 10% through increased hydration and better sanitation.
Throughout the world, more than 2-times the population of the United States lives without safe water.
Access to clean water is essential for getting young girls back to school on a regular basis.
It takes 5-11 times the amount of water to make a bottle of water than the amount it will eventually hold.
Areas like California use up to 90% of their available fresh water for agriculture. Most Farmers do not monitor how much they use, nor are they required to, and it is speculated that much of that 90% goes to waste.
18 Billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the oceans every year.
700 Million Chinese people drink contaminated water on a regular basis.
Los Angeles dumps 22,000 pounds of plastics into the ocean every day.
More than 100,000 marine mammals are killed each year due to plastics in the ocean.
1.3 Million gallons of oil is spilled into the oceans each year. Most comes from land.
40% of the rivers and lakes in the US are too polluted to consume the fish, or go swimming in.
80% of the city sewage dumped into the Mediterranean Sea is untreated.
There are now more than 500 Dead Zones around the Earth totaling an area larger than the UK.
There are more bits of micro-plastics in our oceans than there are stars in the sky.
US Tap Water Facts:
Most people in the US use tap water (roughly 300 million people) as their primary source for drinking water.
Americans use 127% more water now than in the 1950’s.
95% of the water that enters our homes goes down the drain.
More than a billion glasses of water are consumed by Americans every day.
13 Million homes rely on well-water, which is totally unregulated. This is particularly dangerous for rural communities that are surrounded by factory farms.
According to National Geographic, “In tests of 44 different taps in 31 states, the EWG found that 43 exceeded a limit they deem safe by their own standards.”
Water as an Intrinsic Part of the Global Economy.
What motivations do big corps have to clean up the water… when they can instead sell it to us one bottle at a time?
Want more? Read this:
“Water management is far too important for human and ecological well-being to be placed entirely in the private sector.” Peter H, Gleick
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