With the rise of metal straws and #SaveTheTurtles it’s safe to say that more Americans than ever are water conscious. This is great news, especially for well owners, as it significantly reduces their risk of a contaminated well. However, there is so much to learn about water and water wells. We’re here to help you with some fun facts about water and wells!
Water Usage Facts
- The United States uses about 400 billion gallons of water daily. That’s 400,000,000,000. This number converts to over 500 million tons of water.
- This number means that each household in America uses approximately 100,000 gallons annually.
- Each human needs approximately 12 gallons of water everyday to sustain themselves. From drinking and eating, to bathing and sanitation.
- 40% of freshwater withdrawal in the United States is used for agriculture. Think that sounds high? China comes in at a weighty 65%. And other countries are even higher. Of all the freshwater used in Madagascar, an astounding 97% is used for agriculture. Other countries like Cambodia, Pakistan, Vietnam, Iran, and Ecuador all use 90% or more of their freshwater for agriculture.
- The average cost of water in the United States is two dollars per one thousand gallons. If you do the math, you need about five gallons to equal a penny.
We Are Made Of Water
- Human brains are 70% water.
- Certain animals and plants are as much as 95% water. Prime examples of this phenomena are cucumbers and jellyfish.
- Despite containing so much water ourselves, only about 1% of the global water supply is potable.
- Our body needs so much water that even mild dehydration has intense repercussions. In fact, 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Dehydration can slow metabolism, increase fatigue, cause joint pain, and reduce short-term memory skills.
- Americans don’t have a food problem, they have a water problem. About 37% of Americans mistake their thirst for feelings of hunger.
- Drinking a daily 5 glasses of water has been linked to reduce instances of cancer. Especially in tissues that rely heavily on water to function. Colon cancer risk decreases by 45%, breast cancer risk decreases by 79%, and bladder cancer risk decreases by 50%.
Water Well Facts
- Approximately 25% of global rainwater becomes groundwater, which supplies wells.
- If there is proper research and preparation, most wells never run dry. Medium to deep wells last two to three decades, at minimum.
- There are three main types of wells, which are defined by their depth: short, medium, and deep wells.
- The single most important part of your well is the well cap. If the pump breaks, it can be fixed. However, a broken or loose well cap can lead to contaminated well water.
- The deeper the well, the less likely it is that contamination will occur. Shallow wells are close to the surface and often not protected well from run-off or toxins. Deep wells have concrete casings around boreholes that also halt contaminants.