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Utility Service Water Trivia

1. How much water does it take to process a quarter pound of hamburger? Approximately one gallon

2. How much water does it take to make four new tires? 2,072 gallons

3. What is the total amount of water used to manufacture a new car including tires? 39,090 gallons per car

4. What are the three forms that water occurs in? Liquid, solid (frozen) and gaseous

5. Water is the only substance found on earth naturally in the three forms. True

6. Does water regulate the earth's temperature? Yes, it is a natural insulator.

7. How long can a person live without food? More than a month How long can a person live without water? Approximately one week depending upon conditions

8. How much water must a person consume per day to maintain health? 21/2 quarts from all sources, i.e., water, food, etc.

9. How much water does a birch tree give off per day in evaporation? 70 gallons

10. How much water does an acre of corn give off per day in evaporation? 4,000 gallons

11. How many miles of pipeline and aqueducts are in the U.S. and Canada? Approximately one million miles or enough to circle the earth 40 times.

12. What were the first water pipes made from in the U.S.? Fire charred or bored logs

13. How much water is used to flush a toilet? 5-7 gallons

14. How much water is used in the average shower? 25-50 gallons

15. How much water is used to brush your teeth? 2 gallons

16. How much water is used on the average for an automatic dishwasher? 2 gallons

17. How much water is used on the average to hand wash dishes? 20 gallons

18. How many community public water supply systems are there in the United States? 58,900

19. How much water do these utilities produce daily? 34 billion gallons

20. Drinking water is a manufactured product. True

21. How much water does the average residence use during a year? 107,000 gallons

22. How much does an individual person use daily? 168 gallons

23. What does a person pay for drinking water on a daily basis? National average is 27 cents

24. How much of the earth's surface is water? 80%

25. Of all the earth's water, how much is ocean or seas? 97%

26. How much of the world's water is frozen and therefore unusable? 2 %

27. How much of the earth's water is suitable for drinking water? 1 %

28. Is it possible for me to drink water that was part of the Dinosaur era? Yes

29. If all community water systems had to be replaced, what would it cost? In excess of $175 billion

30. What does it cost to operate the water systems throughout the country annually? Over $ 3.5 billion

31. How much does one (1) gallon of water weigh? 8.34 pounds

32. How many gallons of water would it take to cover one cubic mile of water? 1.1 trillion gallons

33. How much water is in one cubic foot? 7.48 gallons

34. How many gallons of water do you get in one inch of rain per square mile? 17.4 million gallons-Or almost the equivalent of all consumptive use of water in Washington D.C. for one day

3 5. At what temperature does water freeze? 32 degrees F, 0 degrees Celsius

36. At what temperature does water vaporize? 212 degrees F, 100 degrees Celsius

37. What is the most common substance found on earth? Water

38. How much of the human body is water? 66%

39. How much of a chicken is water? 75%

40. How much of a pineapple is water? 80%

41. How much of a tomato is water? 95 %

42. How much of an elephant is water? 70%

43. How much of an ear of corn is water? 80%

44. How much of an earthworm is water? 80%

45. How much water does it take to process a pound of meat? 3.6 gallons

46. How much water does it take to process 1 chicken? 11.6 gallons

47. How much water does it take to process one can of fruit or vegetables? 9.3 gallons

48. How much water does it take to process one ton of cane sugar to make processed sugar? 28,100 gallons

49. How much water does it take to process one ton of beet sugar to make processed sugar? 3 3, 100 gallons

50. How much water does it take to process one barrel of beer? 1,500 gallons

52. How much water does it take to make one board foot of lumber? 5.4 gallons

53. How much water does it take to make one pound of plastic? 2 4 gallons

54. How much water does it take to make one pound of synthetic rubber? 55 gallons

55. How much water does it take to make a pound of wool or cotton? 101 gallons

56. How much water does it take to make one gallon of paint? 13 gallons

57. How much water does it take to refine one barrel of crude oil? 1,851 gallons

58. How much water does it take to make one car or truck tire or inner tube? 518 gallons

59. How much water does it take to make one ton of cement? 1,360 gallons

60. How much water does it take to produce one ton of steel? 62,600 gallons

61. How much water does it take to produce one automobile? 36,500 gallons