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fungicides, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers and heavy metals are all found
in trace amounts in both well-water and municipal water systems.
- Residential indoor
+ toilet – 30%
+ bathing and showering – 35%
+ laundry – 20%
+ kitchen and drinking – 10%
+ cleaning – 5%
- Water uses and
+ toilet flush – 15-19L
+ shower (5 min.) –
+ tub bath – 60L
+ automatic dishwashing – 40L
+ dishwashing by hand – 35L
+ brushing teeth – 10L (with
+ outdoor watering – 35L/min
+ washing machine – 225L
82% of our blood is
water. It helps digest our food, transport waste, and control body
day humans must replace
2.4 litres of water, some through drinking and the rest taken
by the body from the foods eaten.
- Once evaporated,
molecule spends about 10 days in the air.
- Canada holds 20%
world's fresh water, but has only 7% of the world's fresh renewable
- A single lawn
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.
Canada's fresh water drains north, while 85% of the population lives
along the southern border with the United States.
- Toilets (while
nearly 1/4 of our municipal water supply) use 40% more water than
- Many homes lose more
from leaky taps than they need for cooking and drinking.
- Less than 3% of the water
produced at municipal water treatment plants are used for drinking
- During the summer, about half of
all treated water is sprayed onto lawns and gardens.
5-minute shower with a standard shower head uses 100 litres of
5-minute shower with a low-flow shower head uses only
35 litres of water.