Water / The facts of life

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Reporter DANIELLE NOHRA has compiled some interesting facts about water, which might surprise you…

  • 68.7 per cent of the fresh water on Earth is trapped in glaciers.
  • 75 per cent of people are chronically dehydrated.
  • 95 per cent of a tomato is water.
  • A 30g slice of bread is about 40 per cent water.
  • A child dies every 15 seconds from water-related diseases.
  • A two per cent drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
  • A person can live weeks without food but only days without water.
  • A tap that drips once every second wastes 30 litres of water daily.
  • About 25,700 litres of water is required to grow a day’s food for a family of four.
  • Agriculture accounts for over 80 per cent of world water consumption.
  • Americans use five times the amount of water than Europeans.
  • Around 80 per cent of the Australian population lives on or near the coast.
  • At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.
  • Australia is the highest user of water per person in the world, despite being the driest inhabited continent.
  • Australia is the world’s driest inhabited continent and 70 per cent of the land is arid.
  • Baths use less water than a typical shower. Soaking in a partially filled tub will use less water than a short shower.
  • It takes 450 litres of water to produce one egg.
  • It takes 5000 litres of water to produce a kilo of rice.
  • The weight a person loses directly after intense physical activity is weight from water, not fat.


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Danielle Nohra
Danielle Nohra is a "CityNews" staff journalist.

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