Presented by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Take one look at a globe or map and it’s easy to see we’re living in one watery world. More than half the planet is covered in the blue stuff, or about 70 per cent.
With a wild blue yonder this big we’ll never run out! Right? Well, not so fast. Sure, we’ve got a lot of beaches and swimming holes, but if you’re looking for drinking water, your options are limited. Most of the water on this planet is too salty to sip on. Check this out:
- Only 2.5 per cent of the world’s water is salt-free.
- But over two-thirds of that is locked up in the icecaps and glaciers and another 20 per cent is in remote areas of the world that can be difficult to reach.
- That leaves humans with just 1 per cent of all the Earth’s water suitable for drinking!
That makes freshwater a scarce resource and demand is only increasing. There are many places on the planet where rivers run dry and people struggle to find clean drinking water.
Lucky for us, most of the world’s fresh water is found in Canada! The bad news: people think just because we’ve got it, we can waste it.
Did you know… the average person in Ontario uses 260 litres of water per day! That’s twice as much as countries like Germany and the United Kingdom, and WAY more than in the developing world.
What are you waiting for? Dive in!
Step 1: Identify where the most water gets used in your home (Hint: Nearly 65 per cent of all indoor water use occurs in the bathroom).
Step 2: Start reducing water use!
- Encourage your parents to install water-saving devices like low-flow shower heads and toilets.
- Take shorter showers (five minutes, tops).
- Turn the tap off while you brush your teeth.
- Encourage your parents to fix leaky faucets (a leak of only one drop per second wastes about 10,000 litres of water per year).
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