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WATER TRIVIA

  • The only water we will ever have is what we have now.

  • Showers use 9 gallons of water per minute.

  • A bath requires 30 to 50 gallons.

  • When ground water is contaminated it may remain that way for several thousand years.

  • It takes 120 gallons of water to produce an egg.

  • A hot water faucet that leaks 60 drops per minute can waste 192 gallons of water and 48 kwhrs of electricity per month.

  • Human blood is 83% water.  Human bones are 25% water.

  • Running the tap waiting for water to get hot or cold can waste 5 gallons per minute.

  • Saltwater is 97% of water on earth.  Three percent is freshwater.   Most of the freshwater stored on the earth is frozen in glaciers.

  • Each day the sun evaporates 1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion) tons of water.

  • The earth's surface is about 80% water.  That is about 320,000,000,000,000 (363 trillion) gallons of water.

  • Watermelons is 93% water.

  • "Water" was the first word that Helen Keller learned.   "Water was the last word spoken by President Ulysses S. Grant.

  • In some deserts, rain is so uncommon that the natives to not have a word for it.

  • Over 42,000 gallons of water are needed to grow and prepare the food for a typical Thanksgiving dinner for eight in the United States.  This is enough to fill a 30 by 50 foot swimming pool.

  • People in the United States use as much as 700,000,00,000 (700 billion) gallons of water each day.

  • Heating water is the second largest energy user in the home.

  • In some countries law requires solar heating of water for domestic uses.

  • The koala bear and the desert rat do not drink water.

  • In one glass of water, there are about 8,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (8 septillion water molecules.

  • In a one hundred year period, a water molecule spends 98 years in the ocean, 20 months as ice, about 2 weeks in lakes and rivers, and less than a week in the atmosphere.

  • Poor quality drinking water kills the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets filled with children every day.

  • A corn plant needs 54 gallons per season.
  • A milk cow needs 15 gallons per day or 5,475 gallons per year.
  • A horse needs 10 gallons per day or 3,650 gallons per year.
  • A hog needs 4 gallons per day or 1,500 gallons per year.
  • An acre of sugar beets consumptively uses 651,702 gallons or 2 acre feet per season
  • An acre of alfalfa needs 488,776 gallons per season in Colorado and 684,240 gallons in New Mexico.
  • One bail of has requires 17,000 gallons.
  • One truckload of 450 bails of has requires 7,650,000 gallons or 23.47 acre feet.

WATER MEASURES

  • A Cubic Foot per Second or a Second Foot is also called a CFS.  It equals 448.8 U.S. gallons per minute.
  • One-Acre Ft. is the amount of water necessary to cover one acre of land to a depth of one foot deep.  It is equal to 325,851.45 U.S. gallons.
  • An irrigation is about six inches of water per acre unless the soils are saline when extra water is needed.  An irrigation will usually penetrate 4-6" deep.  If soils are saline additional water is needed to flush salts from the root zone.
  • A Miners-Inch varies between 11.69 gpm in Colorado and 8.98 to 11.22 gpm in other western states of the United States.
  • One U.S. gallon is 0.8327 Imperial gallons
  • One cubic foot is 7.48062 U.S. gallons
  • One cubic meter is 264.2 U.S. gallons
  • One acre foot is 1,233.26 cubic meters

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