On average, your household will use about 350 gallons of water daily. But did you know that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to your home water systems? Here are some interesting facts about water that will make you think.
1. Consumers in the United States use more than 60,000 chemicals annually, but only 91 of those are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. This was set into law to limit the pollutants in water nationwide and provide cleaner water to those who are unable to afford water filters.
2. Water can be contaminated with pollutants that have the potential to cause different reproductive diseases and even cancer. These common chemicals, such as chromium, arsenic, and disinfectant byproducts, are absorbed into the body’s soft tissue, can cause these dangerous ailments. What is scary is that these contaminants do not have a taste or relatively any smell.
3. Many doctors and pharmacists urge their patients not to flush their medications down the drain, as medical byproduct is regularly found in the water supply all around the country. This includes contaminants from antibiotics, hormones, seizure medications, and anti-depressants.
4. Pollutants in water can be so strong and can even help further decay buildings along with their piping systems.
5. By the time you feel thirsty, your body has already lost about 1% of its water content.
6. The majority of the world’s water is either frozen or salt water. If you were to put all the water in the world in a one-gallon container, the amount of fresh water would be equal to a teaspoon.
7. Did you know that your water can be hard or soft? Hard water is when it has a lot of calcium and magnesium and can cause many problems around the home such as dried out hair and skin, hard water stains, and difficulties getting clothing and dishes clean.
8. It takes 6,800 gallons of water to produce one day’s food for a family of four.
9. Around the world, about 400 million people live without access to fresh, clean water or water filters.
10. Proper hydration is crucial for blood circulation in order for white blood cells to reach damaged tissues and start the healing process.
Think about these interesting facts about water the next time you fill up a glass!