Did you know that there are over one billion cubic kilometers of water in the world (one cubic kilometer fills about 300 Olympic sized swimming pools) but 97.5% of that is salt water? Only a tiny fraction of the world’s water is fresh and accessible. To put it into perspective, if all the earth’s water were stored in a five-litre container, available fresh water would not quite fill a teaspoon!
Moreover, according to Thomas Homer-Dixon, director of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto and author of “The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization”, the world’s population consumes as much water as would keep 40 waterfalls the size of Niagara Falls running non-stop, all day long, year after year. If this trend continues, by 2025, more than 1/3 of people on earth will live with water stress, meaning supply won’t meet demand!
Even something as simply as a leaky faucet can waste more than 25 litres a day, which comes to about 9,000 litres a year.
Every drop saved means we’re that much closer to making a difference!
Take a moment to calculate your water use at: http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/reseau/waterCalculator/login_e.html and let us know what you find out!