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Water Facts

Is it possible your toilet has a leak? You can test it by putting 10 drops of food coloring in the tank. Don’t flush for 15 minutes. If the colored water shows up in the bowl, the tank is leaking.

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We drink very little of our drinking water. Generally speaking, less than 1% of the treated water produced by water utilities is actually consumed. The rest goes on lawns, in washing machines, and down toilets and drains.

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If every household in America had a faucet that dripped once each second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away.

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The average five-minute shower takes between 15 to 25 gallons of water.

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You can survive about a month without food, but only 5 to 7 days without water.

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Typically, households consume at least 50% of their water by lawn sprinkling. Inside, toilets use the most water, with an average of 27 gallons per person per day.

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Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth! You’ll save 2-3 gallons per day!

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Of all the earth’s water, 97% is salt water found in oceans and seas. Only 1% of the earth’s water is available for drinking water. 2% is currently frozen.

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Use mulch in gardens, around shrubs and trees, in planting beds, and in borders. Mulches cover and cool the soil and discourage evaporation, weed growth, and erosion.

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85% of all landscape problems are directly related to over watering. A properly designed and operated irrigation system can reduce water use by 20% or more each year.

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Place plants with high water requirements in areas that receive a lot of water naturally, like drainage ways, depressions, or at the bottom of hills.

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Keep grass at least two inches high to shade roots and hold moisture.

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Water in the early morning or evening. If you sprinkle your lawn under the hot midday sun, you’ll lose as much as 30% of your water to evaporation.

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Several short watering sessions are better than a single long one. Lawns can only absorb water so fast. It's better to water your lawn for three 10 minute sessions-with each session a half-hour apart-than it is to water steadily for 30 minutes and cause run-off.

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Water has a very simple atomic structure. This structure consists of two hydrogen atoms bonded to one oxygen atom – H2O

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Water is the only substance on Earth that exists in all three physical states of matter: solid, liquid and gas.

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More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with about 1.36 billion cubic kilometers of water / ice.

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Water is essential for life. Most animals and plants contain more than 80% water by volume.

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