The Freshwater Facts

To illustrate how important and how limited a resource freshwater is in our world, consider the following. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, but only 2.5% of this supply is considered fresh water. The rest is found in the form of salt water in the oceans. Of the fresh water that exists, most is locked up in glaciers and ice caps. Water can also be found in the form of clouds and humidity in the soil. That leaves us 3/10 of 1 percent found in the form of lakes, rivers and streams. Unfortunately, much of this small amount of freshwater is in danger of drying up through desertification or becoming so contaminated that it cannot be used for human consumption. Changing our habits of water use can help to abate this growing problem. For more information on world water consumption, you can review this government website.

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Expronzia November 18, 2011 at 12:50 am

This information is very good, I had to do research for science at my school and this got me an A+
Thanks, keep it up!


timmy May 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm

apple sauce is awsome


steve May 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm

@timmey, Yes apple sauce is awesome, and a rain barrel full of apple sauce sounds even more awesome!


Adam June 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm

How much bleach do I put in the water to make it not stink so bad??


steve June 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

@Adam, Since you did not give me all the details I cannot be sure bleach is the answer to your stink. If it’s due to stagnant rain water I suggest you drain it clean it out with a ratio of 2 parts water to 1 part bleach. If you have some mold or algae growing in your rain barrel and it gives an odor try using the water more frequently and add 1 teaspoon to every 10 gallons.


Ashley November 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm

This is giving me an A so far

Keep up the good work


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