Conserving Our Precious Resource

Battling California's Primary Nemesis - By Miss Dunbar

Water Distribution

Less than 1% of water can be consumed by humans. The rest is salt water, which cannot be used for most human purposes, or frozen, which is difficult to access. Freshwater is made up of glaciers (68.7%), groundwater (30.1%), and surface/other freshwater (1.2%). Ground ice and lakes make up the majority of usable freshwater in that 1.2%, and not even all of that is usable by humans.
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Water Conservation

The existence of water is essential for life on Earth

· Water has three different states, liquid, solid and gas

· Water covers around 75% of the Earth’s surface

· Nearly 97% of water is salty or undrinkable

· Another 2% is in the ice caps or glaciers

· THAT LEAVES JUST 1% FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION

· The average person in the United States uses 80 to 100 gallons of water each day

· Manatee County residents use an average of 76 gallons per day

· It takes 2 gallons to brush your teeth, 2 to 7 gallons to flush a toilet, and 25 to 50 gallons to take a shower

· Every glass of water brought to your table in a restaurant requires another two glasses of water to wash and rinse the glass

· Although a person can live without food for more than a month, a person can only live without water for approximately one week

· There is no such a thing as “new water”. The rain which falls today is the same rain that fell on prehistoric man and the dinosaurs.

Water Conservation Tips

Take 5 minute showers.
When washing hands, turn off the water.
Keep showers to 5 minutes - it could save up to 1000 gallons per year!
Wash your pets on the lawn - double duty!
Turn off shower water while washing your hair.
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