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Statistical Grok: Water

by Bill Chameides | May 23rd, 2008
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How much water goes into a burger (with fixin’s) and fries? Roughly 630 gallons. That’s enough water to keep someone hydrated for about 3 1/2 years.

Science by the Digits

 

Recommended amount of water people drink each day: a half gallon

Amount of water used to produce a single serving of fries: 6 gallons
Length of time 6 gallons of water can keep a person hydrated: 12 days

Amount of water it takes to get an orange to your table: 14 gallons
Length of time 14 gallons can keep someone hydrated: 28 days

Amount of water needed to produce a single serving of rice: 35 gallons
Length of time 35 gallons can keep 2 people hydrated:1 month and 4 days

Amount of water needed to get a single egg to market: 120 gallons
Length of time 120 gallons can keep a person hydrated: 8 months

Amount of water needed to produce a loaf of bread: 150 gallons
Length of time 150 gallons can keep a person hydrated: 10 months

Amount of water needed to produce a ¼-pound of hamburger: 600 gallons
Length of time 600 gallons can keep a person hydrated: 3 ¼ years

Amount of water needed to manufacture a car: 39,000 gallons of water
Number of people and length of time 39,000 gallons can hydrate: 213 people for a year

Number of people in the world who are without access to sufficient clean water: 1.1 billion

 

Sources

 

U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Science for Schools:

ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/sc1.html

 

ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/wateruse2000.html

 

UNICEF: www.unicef.org/factoftheweek/index_41139.html

 

 

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