Keeping Water Clean: By the Numbers

Water is an amazing resource, that gets wasted in amazing numbers. Check out the sobering numbers below, and keep ‘em in mind when the faucet starts to drip.

2.5 — in gallons, the amount of water that most of the developing world gets by on per day.

400 — in gallons, the amount of water used by the average American in a day, 30% of which is used outdoors.

7 billion — in gallons, the amount of water used outside per day in the US.

70% — the amount of water used worldwide for agriculture and farming.

40% — the effectiveness of the above usage…yikes.

1,430 — gallons per capita per day used in the United States.

100 — gallons of that that is household use per person.

263 — the number of rivers that either cross or demarcate international political boundaries; worldwide water shortages could prove disastrous. Already, major conflicts such as Darfur have been connected to shortages of, and lack of access to, clean water.

88 — the percent of deaths in children under five from diarrhea, or 1.5 out of 1.8 million, caused by unsafe drinking water, inadequate availability of water for hygiene, and lack of access to sanitation together.

18 — the percent of all under-five deaths and means that more than 4,000 children are dying every day as a result of diarrhoeal diseases.

11.3 — the amount, in billions of dollars, required to provide basic levels of service for drinking and waste water in Africa and Asia, according to UNICEF [].

35 — the amount, in billions of dollars, spent on bottled water in the First World.

1.5 — the amount, in millions of barrels, of crude oil used to make PET bottles for bottled water, enough to fuel 100,000 American cars for a year.

2.7 — the amount, in tons of plastic, used to bottle water; 86% of which becomes garbage or litter.