Some fun water facts during this unusual time. Maybe you have heard that on average, Atlantans drink 2.1 servings of bottled water per day, which is significantly less than other major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles or New York. Because of Atlanta’s hot climate and the city’s active lifestyle, Atlantans drink an average of 4.1 servings of tap water per day. This is substantially more than most major markets, and is an opportunity to convert large numbers of consumers to bottled water drinkers.
However, did you know your body is between 60% and 70% water. Yes, and this actually changes at different times of your life: a human fetus is around 95% water for the first months, getting to 77% water at birth. Crazy, but true!
Water is essential to life, and we love sharing the great ways water can help you lead a healthier lifestyle, but today let’s have some fun and look at fascinating water facts you may not know!
97% of the Earth’s water is salty. 2.1% is locked up in polar ice caps and less than 1% is available as fresh water.
Water is sticky. The molecules love to stick to things, especially each other. It’s what gives it such a large surface tension. It keeps you alive: it means water can pull blood up narrow vessels in the body, often against the force of gravity.
A five-minute shower uses approximately 52 gallons of water.
You use 2 gallons to flush a toilet – about the same as you use to brush your teeth.
The Sun and other stars like it create the equivalent of 100 million times the water in the Amazon river every second.
Everywhere there is liquid water on Earth, there is life. Even if that water is nearly boiling, or the area is skin-burningly acidic.
It takes 52 gallons of water to produce the coffee beans for one cup of coffee.
Don’t drink coffee? How about a fun water and beer fact? It takes approximately 40 gallons of water to make one pint of beer.
So knowing the average American drinks approximately 21.1 gallons of bottled water each year is great, but aren’t you glad you now know how much water is in your coffee bean and beer?
Sources: “Beverage Consumption 2000,” a consumer survey conducted by Yankelovich Partners for the International Bottled Water Association; “Flooding the market: Bottled water to be No. 2 U.S. drink,” Chicago Tribune, April 6, 2003; “Top 10 waters,” Beverage World, April 15, 2003.
“27 Fascinating and Strange Facts About Water,” Buzz Feed, https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomchivers/fascinating-and-strange-facts-about-water?utm_term=.clM4JnQno#.gfpBm7Q78; May 27, 2015.