Ninety-seven percent of the water on the earth is salt water. Salt water is filled with salt and other minerals, and humans cannot drink this water. Although the salt can be removed, it is a difficult and expensive process.
Two percent of the water on earth is glacier ice at the North and South Poles. This ice is fresh water and could be melted; however, it is too far away from where people live to be usable.
Less than 1% of all the water on earth is fresh water that we can actually use. We use this small amount of water for drinking, transportation, heating and cooling, industry, and many other purposes.
1.2 billion people have no access to clean water.
In the US is consumed 151 gallons of water per capita each day, while in Africa only 5 gallons.
Just by turning off the tap while brushing your teeth you could save 8 gallons of water.
Eat less meat
It takes a lot of water to grow the grain to feed the cow that ultimately produces a hamburger.
Buy Recycled-Paper Products
Products made from 100 percent recycled paper require much less water in their manufacturing than do those made from virgin paper.
Bring your water with you
Buying a daily bottle of water may quench your thirst, but it parches the planet. Each one-liter plastic bottle takes seven liters of water to produce.