Indoor Environmental Quality

Drinking Water Myths & Facts

By July 31, 2019 No Comments

 

MYTH:      There’s plenty of water on earth for all of us.

FACT:        Only 1% of all the world’s water can be used for drinking. Nearly 97% of the world’s water is salty and therefore undrinkable, and 2% is locked in glaciers.

MYTH:     The earth is provided with more water every time it rains.

FACT:       Our water is recycled through rain. We are literally drinking the same water the dinosaurs drank millions of years ago.

MYTH:     Americans use no more water than other countries.

FACT:       Each American household uses approximately 107,000 gallons of water per year. However, 50-70% of our water is used for watering lawns and gardens, and as much as 14% of our water is flushed down the drain or is wasted through pipe leaks.

MYTH:     All Americans use public water systems that are regulated by the EPA.

FACT:       There are approximately 150,000 public water systems in the United States that provide drinking water, leaving about 10% of Americans relying on water from private wells.

MYTH:     Public Water Systems are always safe.

FACT:       Municipalities are required to test their water at least once a year.

MYTH:     There are drinks that are much more beneficial to the body than water.

FACT:       Drinking water is essential to a healthy diet. Hydration contributes to energy levels and brain functions. Drinking water also flushes body wastes.

MYTH:     Bottled water is the safest water to drink.

FACT:       About 25% of bottled water is tap water. Luckily, the United States enjoys one of the world’s most reliable and safest supplies of drinking water.

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