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16 Interesting Facts About Water

Water may not be the first thing that comes to mind when coming up with an interesting dinner party topic, but we do!


Water is one of the most important resources on Earth. It sustains all life. At McCowin Water, we’re so invested in water that we’ve compiled a list of surprising and interesting facts about the miraculous chemical compound known as H20. For example, in a single growing season, a 100-foot-tall tree can extract 11,000 gallons of water from the soil and release it as oxygen and water vapor into the air again.


Water is the Earth's most common resource.

● The water dripping from your faucet could contain the exact molecules that dinosaurs drank centuries ago! That's because the amount of water on Earth hasn’t changed since the planet was formed two billion years ago.

● On Earth, 97% of the water is saltwater and is undrinkable. Around 2% of it is locked in Antarctica's polar caps, while the remaining 1% is found in lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, and beneath the ground.

● The land, the water, and the air are deeply interconnected. Our water is the product of what we pour on the ground and what we spew into the sky.

● Each year 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, stormwater, and industrial waste are dumped into the water in the United States.

● If the world's water were packed into a 4L jug, the freshwater available would only equal a tablespoon.


Humans are mostly water.

● Besides regulating Earth's temperature, water also regulates the temperature of the human body, transports nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs, and removes waste.

Water is found in every part of the body. About one-third of the water in the body surrounds cells, with 60% of it contained within them. Certain organs contain more water than others. Brains and kidneys contain the most water, whereas bones and teeth contain the least.


California water resources.

● More than 75 percent of the state's available surface water originates in the north (north of Sacramento), while 80 percent of its demand occurs in the south.

● About 40 percent of the state's total water supply is derived from groundwater on an annual basis. During dry years, that amount rises to 60 percent or more of the total supply and serves as a critical buffer against the negative impacts of drought and climate change.


Water in the home.

● The United States uses approximately 400 billion gallons of water per day, nearly half of which is used for thermoelectric power generation.

● In one year, the average American household uses 100,000 gallons of water (indoors and outdoors).

● Growing a day's worth of food for a family of four requires about 6,800 gallons of water.

● The most cost-effective way to purify water is through reverse osmosis.

● You save money with water treatment systems since you use fewer washing products, detergents, cleaning products, shampoos, and conditioners.


If you don’t filter the drinking water in your home, your body becomes the filter. Take care of your body and invest in a proper water filtration system to ensure you and your family are taken care of. McCowin Water has been a family-owned and operated business since 1972, so we know how important clean water is for a family. Contact us today for your free water analysis to evaluate your water filtration needs.

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