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Interesting Water Facts

Did you know that?

  1. The water in your tap is ancient?  So ancient, that it has been around sine the earth's formation. The earth is what is commonly referred to as 'a closed system,' meaning, the same amount of water you drink has been around since the very beginning.
  2. Ancient Egyptians treated water by siphoning water out of the top of a huge jar after allowing the muddy water from the Nile River to settle.
  3. Water serves as nature's thermometer, helping to regulate the earth's temperature.  Water freezes at 32 (thirty two) degrees Fahrenheit, 0 (zero) degrees Celsius.
  4. Have you ever wondered why ice floats on water?  It floats because ice is about 9% (nine percent) lighter than water.
  5. About 90% (ninety percent) of York Region's water comes from Lake Ontario through the City of Toronto and Peel Region.
  6. Of all the water on earth, humans can only use about 0.3%; this useable water is found in groundwater aquifers, rivers, and fresh water lakes,
  7. The average person uses 250-300 litres of water per day.  A family a four would use approximately 1,000 litres or 1 m3 (cubic metre) per day.
  8. It is estimated that 25% (twenty-five percent) of all toilets in Canada are leaking at any given time.  Not all leaks are obvious.  A toilet tank leaks differently from other leaks and is not easily seen or heard.

The information provided above is resourced from the Region of York's website.  For more interesting water facts see the Region's website at www.york.ca .