Bermuda has no natural water source. Each house collects rainwater using white, stepped roofs.
About 372 million people receive artificially-fluoridated water in about 24 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Malaysia, the U.S., and Vietnam. Fluoridation is rare in Europe, with 97–98% choosing not to fluoridated drinking water.
Water has joined gold, oil and other commodities that are traded on Wall Street as worries about the uncertainty of its availability in the future rises.
Firefighters use wetting agents to make water wetter. The chemicals reduce the surface tension of plain water so it’s easier to spread and soak into objects, which is why it’s known as “wet water.”
Houses in Bermuda have white stepped roofs to harvest rain water and store it, as the island has no fresh-water springs, rivers or lakes.
In Warsaw’s Gruba Kaśka water plant there are eight clams with sensors attached to their shells. If the clams close because they don’t like the taste of the water, the city’s supply is automatically shut off.
Maya people at the ancient city of Tikal in Guatemala used a mineral called zeolite to decontaminate drinking water in one of their large reservoirs. It’s the oldest known example of water purification in the Western Hemisphere.
Icebergs are always made out of fresh water. True icebergs are glacier fragments that have fallen into the sea. Glaciers are composed of fresh water, and thus true icebergs are too. Additionally, ‘sea ice’ that forms from frozen sea water is also fresh- this is because the salt is excluded from the ice crystal lattice that develops when water freezes.
It takes 15 gallons of water to produce just 16 almonds and they rely on pesticides to grow successfully; the popularity of Almond Milk is causing environmental and sustainability problems in California where 80% of the world’s almonds are grown.
An annual supply of bottled water for a person who consumes 8 glasses a day would cost approximately $200; the same amount of tap water would cost approximately $0.33.