World Water Day

Christine Panchuk

Today is World Water Day!

Water is essential for all living things and covers about 71 percent of our Earth. Even our own bodies are mostly composed of water! While its importance and conservation are understandably a major priority, what is it that makes water so vital?

  1. Up to 60 percent of the human adult body is composed of water!
  2. Adults should drink between four and six glasses of water a day. Drinking water helps to flush waste out of our bodies.
  3. Although water covers around 71 percent of the Earth, 96.5 percent of that is ocean water.
  4. Water regulates the Earth’s temperature.
  5. Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid including sulfuric acid.
  6. A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.
  7. It takes roughly 12 gallons per day to sustain a human (taking into account all uses for water, such as drinking, hygiene, and food production).
  8. If the entire world’s water were fit into a 4 liter jug, the freshwater available for us would equal only about one tablespoon.
  9. There is an estimated 326 million trillion gallons of water on earth.
  10. The average Canadian uses about 329 liters of water per day, per person.

The list of water's importance is seemingly endless, and its conservation is paramount to our survival. There are many things you can do to cut back on your water bills and ensure you aren't being wasteful. A quick internet search will provide you with a wealth of knowledge on how you can do your part.