Water Factoids

  • Water is the only substance found on Earth naturally in three forms. (Solid, liquid, gas)
  • It is possible for the water you drink today to be from the time of dinosaurs.
  • There is about the same amount of water on Earth now as there was a million years ago.
  • The first water pipes in the US were made from bored logs that were charred with fire.
  • The average faucet flows at a rate of 2 gallons per minute. You can save up to four gallons of water every morning by turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth.
  • At 1 drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons per year.
  • A running toilet can waste 200-1,500 gallons of water per day.
  • Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.
  • Water makes up about 66 percent of the human body.
  • If everyone in the US flushed the toilet one less time per day, we could save a lake full of water about one mile long, one mile wide, and four feet deep.
  • Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
  • Calling 811 is the most important step! Call 811 at least a few days before you start any digging project.


How much water is lost with leaks of various sizes