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Fun Facts

  •  The first municipal water filtration works opened in Paisley, Scotland, in 1832.
  • Only 3% of the earth’s water is fresh water.  Two percent is currently frozen.
  • There are more than 56,000 community water systems providing water to the public in the United States.
  • In 1974, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act to ensure that drinking water is safe for human consumption.  The Act requires public water systems to monitor and treat drinking water for safety.
  • You can survive about a month without food but only 5 to 7 days without water.
  • You can refill an 8-oz glass of water approximately 15,000 times for the same cost as a six-pack of soda.
  • One gallon of water weighs approximately 8.34 pounds.
  • Water on Earth’s surface in places like oceans, lakes and rivers, is called surface water.
  • Water underground (such as water from a well) is called ground water.  It collects in the spaces and cracks in soil and rocks.