So You Thought You Knew Water? Justine and Allison A. will prove you wrong 1. The total amount of water on the earth is about 326 million cubic miles 326 = 2. If the entire adult population of England and Wales remembered to turn off the tap when they were brushing their teeth, we could save 180 mega liters a day… (mega liter= 1,000,oo0 liters) 3…That’s 180 Olympic swimming pools! 4. If every household in America had a faucet that dripped once each second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away. 5. The United States uses nearly 80 percent of its water for irrigation and thermoelectric power. 6. The United States and Canada have about one million miles of pipelines and aqueducts - enough to circle the planet 40 times. 7. The water from your faucet could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank ! 8. It takes 200,000,000 liters per second to grow food for the planet 9. The average person in the United States uses 80 to 100 gallons of water each day. During medieval times a person used only 5 gallons per day 10. Producing an average-size Sunday newspaper requires about 150 gallons of water. 11. To produce just one pint of beer it , takes 170 liters of water 12. A dairy cow must drink four gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk. 13. You can refill an 8-oz glass of water approximately 15,000 times for the same cost as a six-pack of soda. 14. About 1,400 gallons of water are used to produce a meal of a quarter- pound hamburger, an order of fries and a soft drink. 15. About 48,000 gallons are needed to produce the typical American Thanksgiving dinner for eight people.