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World Water Day: 10 Shocking Facts About Our Most Precious Natural Resource

Happy World Water Day! We're celebrating by shining a spotlight on just how important water conservation is.

Share these stats, and maybe we can all think about taking shorter showers and brushing our teeth with the faucet off..

BONUS QUESTION: Can you name the 11 African countries the Nile runs through? (Scroll below the graphic to find the answers under #2 in the transcript).

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10 Facts About the World's Water (Infographic Transcript)

Celebrate World Water Day on 22 March by learning more about the most precious of natural resources. With members around the world, global eCommerce shopper MyUS offers insights on how important - and fragile - the Earth's water resources are becoming. 

1. Water covers about 70% of the Earth's surface.

2. The Nile River is the longest river in the world at 6,650 km long (4,132 miles). 

BONUS QUESTION ANSWER: The Nile crosses 11 countries in Africa:

  1. Tanzania
  2. Uganda
  3. Rwanda
  4. Burundi
  5. Congo-Kinshasa
  6. Kenya
  7. Ethiopia
  8. Eritrea
  9. South Sudan
  10. Sudan
  11. Egypt

3. 780 million people lack access to an improved water source (an astounding 1 in 9 people in the world).

4. 82% of those who lack access to improved water live in rural areas, while just 18% live in urban areas.

5. Today, more people own a mobile phone than have access to a toilet.

6. Just 33% of what the world spends on bottled water every year would pay to provide clean water for the 780 million people without it.

7. Less than 10 countries posses 60% of the world's available fresh water supply.

8. Since 1940, the world's water use had quadrupled, while the world's population has only doubled .

9. 70% of the world's water resources are needed for food production.

10. It takes about 37 gallons of water to grow and process the coffee beans to make one cup of coffee.  

 

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