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Water facts

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Water is our most precious natural resource, and it's up to every Calgarian to help conserve and protect our water supply.

Interesting facts about water and water usage

  • The only water we will ever have is what we have now.
  • Nearly 97% of the world's water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Only 3% of the water is freshwater. 2% of the world's freshwater is locked in ice caps and glaciers. Only 1% is available for human consumption.
  • Canada holds 20% of the world's fresh water, but has only 7% of the world's fresh renewable water (not held in snow and ice).
  • Since 1950, global water use has more than tripled.
  • It is estimated that between 14% and 17% more water will be needed for irrigation by 2030 to feed the world's growing population.
  • It is estimated that 60% of water used for irrigation is not used efficiently.
  • A 10% improvement in irrigation efficiency could double the drinking water supply for the poor. The average American individual uses 100 to 176 gallons of water at home each day, whereas The average African family uses about 5 gallons of water each day.
  • In the developing countries, 80% of illnesses are water-related.
  • In Canada, 35 percent of water is used for bathing and showering, 30 percent by toilets, 20 percent doing laundry, 10 percent for kitchen use and five percent for cleaning.
  • A person can survive without food for more than 30 days, but less than a week without water.
  • 66% of your body is water; bones are 25% water.

There are many ways to reduce our water consumption - view tips on what you can do.