Fact: There is the same amount of water on Earth today as there was 3 billion years ago.
Fact: About 70% of the earth's surface is covered in water, and 97% of that is salty or undrinkable.
Fact: Three percent of the water on Earth is freshwater, but 2.997 % of that is locked up in icebergs and glaciers.
Fact: Only 0.003% of the world's water is available to us for all our needs and uses.
Fact: Of the total world's freshwater supply, over two thirds is found underground.
Fact: There is a limited supply of fresh water in the world and about 25% of this fresh water is in the lakes and rivers of Canada. Water is our precious resource.
So, what do people do???
Fact: On average, 18% of Canada's urban population live in municipalities that do not provide sewage treatment.
Fact: Toilets (while consuming nearly one quarter of our municipal water supply) use over 40% more water than needed.
Fact: Many homes lose more water from leaky taps than they need for cooking and drinking.
Fact: A single lawn sprinkler spraying 19 litres per minute uses 50% more water in just one hour than a combination of ten toilet flushes, two 5 minute showers, two dishwasher loads, and a full load of clothes.
Fact: One litre of oil can contaminate up to 2 million litres of water.
Fact: Landfills, leaking gasoline storage tanks, leaking septic tanks, accidental spills and farm land treated with pesticides and fertilizers are a few examples of how we are treating our precious groundwater.