WATER FACTS (Chicago Department of Water Management Quality Report)

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  • Water constitutes 40% of the reported daily beverage consumption in the United States.
  • You can survive about a month without food, but only 5 to 7 days without water.
  • The average five-minute shower uses between 15 to 25 gallons of water.
  • Each person uses about 100 gallons of water a day at home.
  • The average household consumes at least 50% of its water by lawn sprinkling.
  • An automatic dishwasher uses approximately 9 to 12 gallons of water while hand washing dishes can use up to 20 gallons.
  • You can refill an 8 oz. glass of water approximately 15,000 times for the same cost as a six pack of soda (pop).
  • Of all the earth’s water, 97% is salt water, 2% is frozen water and only 1% is available for drinking.
  • Water has zero calories and zero sugar, but a good drink of water can reduce hunger. Water helps your body metabolize stored fats, helps maintain proper muscle tone, and helps rid the body of wastes.

To learn more about how federal policies affect the allocation of water, contact the Congress of the United States Congressional Budget Office (CBO) at

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