If you find yourself playing trivia regularly, you may have a few interesting facts about water. You may know that 85 percent of the human brain is water, or that 97 percent of the water found on planet Earth is salt water. However, did you know that the production of a single hamburger requires roughly 634 gallons of water? Here are a few more interesting facts about water that you may be able to use during your next trivia game.
In 1804 the first municipal water filtration system was constructed in Paisley, Scotland. It used sand filters, designed by Scottish scientist Robert Thom, to provide clean water to each house within the Paisley city limits.
If you live in Boulder, Colorado you don’t have to wait as long for a pot of water to boil as those who live in New York City or Los Angeles. Water at one atmosphere of pressure, or sea level, boils at one hundred degrees Celsius. However, as you gain altitude the temperature at which water boils decreases.
There are roughly one million miles of water pipeline and aqueducts in North America, which if lined up end to end would be able to circle the Earth forty times. The United States is home to some of the largest aqueducts in the world, such as the Colorado River Aqueduct, which carries water from Lake Havasu, AZ almost 250 miles to the Los Angeles area.
Water has the ability to dissolve more substances than any other liquid, including sulfuric acid. It is generally referred to as the universal solvent for it’s ability to dissolve a wide range of substances, given that they carry a net electrical charge.
Last but not least, if you drink your daily recommended eight glasses of water from the tap, it will cost you on average fifty cents a year. However, if you consume your daily recommended allowance from bottled water, you could be spending up to $1,400.00 each year.
Not only are these facts incredibly interesting, but demonstrate the important role water plays in our bodies and for our planet. Next time you start to take water for granted, think about how impossibly different life would be without it.