Facts about water

  1. Water is the most common compound found on Earth.
  2. Four-fifths of the Earth's surface is covered in water.
  3. Water plays a very important role in our lives, we drink it, wash in it, wash with it and swim in it.
  4. Our bones contain about 72% water, our kidneys about 82% and our blood is about 90% water.
  5. The body of an adult contains about 40 litres of water.
  6. Each of us need an intake of about 2 litres of water per day. This water may be taken as part of our food or drink.
  7. Water is more important than food.
  8. Water is something we have taken for granted, each person in Ireland uses about 150 litres of water every day.
  9. Most of our water supplies come from rivers and lakes.

Other Facts About Water

  • Human Beings can survive for some weeks without food, but without water, we could perish after only a few days.
  • Water has always played a significant role in our lives. As far back as 2500B.C. man was building highly advanced water supply systems.
  • The ancient Greeks built and operated water distribution systems in 200B.C. and many of these are still in good working order.
  • Rome consumed up to 200 million litres/day in Caesar's time.
  • In a lifetime, each person is estimated to drink about 40,000 litres (8750 gallons) of water.
  • The Romans built huge channels to carry water from rivers and lakes to cities, they were called aqueducts.