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Did you know?

  • 80% of the earth's surface is water.
  • 97% of all the earth's water is ocean or sea.
  • 85% of the Region of Waterloo's drinking water come from groundwater
  • 100% of the City of Guelph's drinking water comes from groundwater
  • Water is a natural insulator which regulates the earth's temperature.
  • A person can live without food for more than a month but only approximately one week, depending upon conditions, without water.
  • You must consume 2.37 litres of water per day, from all sources (water, food, etc.), to maintain your health.
  • Approximately one million miles of pipelines and aqueducts - enough to circle the earth 40 times - are in the United States and Canada.
  • The first water pipes were made from fire charred or bored logs.
  • 6 - 32 litres of water are required to flush a toilet.
  • 85 - 95 litres of water are used during the average shower.
  • 2.5 - 7.5 litres of water is used to brush your teeth.
  • 45.5 - 76 litres of water is used on average for an automatic dishwasher.
  • 76 litres are used on average to wash dishes by hand (watering running to rinse).
  • The average Canadian household uses 1,400 litres of water during the day, or 511,000 litres during the year.
  • Each individual Canadian uses an average of 350 litres of water daily.
  • It takes approximately 3.75 litres to process a quarter pound of hamburger.
  • It takes 7, 850 litres of water to make four new tires.
  • 147,955 litres of water is used to manufacture a new car including tires.
  • A birch tree gives off 265 litres of water per day in transpiration.
  • An acre of corn gives off 15,140 litres of water in transpiration each day.
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