Most people don’t think about water anymore than turning the faucet knob and there it is. Our friends at Everpure have put together a fun graphic to teach you a bit more about that wet stuff none of us can live without.
Water as a Commodity
While it may seem that there is an abundance of water, when you consider the composition and availability of the Earth’s water, a different picture emerges.
The Human Need for Water
A few facts about human water usage put our vital need for clean, safe water in context:
- Humans are comprised 55% – 60% of water
- We can survive more than a month without food, but only a week without water.
- The average American uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day.
For good health, it is recommended that the average adult consumes 8-12 cups of water per day. A more precise individual estimate of your water needs can be calculated when you:
Multiply your body weight x 1/2 ounce
For example: 150 lb. person x .5 oz of water per day,
Not all of your daily water consumption needs to come from plain water. Fruits, vegetables and non-caffeinated drinks also contribute to your daily tally. Of course, during exercise or on hot days, you should drink more water to avoid dehydration.