Brunswick & Topsham Water District
Quality and Reliability Since 1903    

Water Facts

  • There is the same amount of water on Earth today as there was 3 billion years ago.

  • 3% of the water on Earth is freshwater and only 1% is available for human consumption.

  • 66% of a human being is water.

  • 75% of a human brain is water.

  • 74% of a living tree is water.

  • You could survive about a month without food, but only 5 to 7 days without water.

  • On average, each American uses about 160 gallons of water a day at a cost of 27 cents.

  • Bottled water may cost up to 1000 times more than municipal drinking water and may not be as safe.

  • Two-thirds of water used in an average home is used in the bathroom.
  • On average, a person uses 2 gallons of water to brush his or her teeth each day.

  • A 10 minute shower uses about 55 gallons of water.

  • A leaking faucet can waste up to 100 gallons of water a day.

    More Water Facts

    • The average person spends less than 1% of his or her total persona l expenditure dollars for water, waste water and water disposal systems.

    • There are about 60,000 community water suppliers in America.

    • Public water supplies must meet or exceed Environmental Protection Agency standards. Many public water supplies consistently supply water that is much better then the minimum standards.

    • The Amendment to the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1986 increased the number of contaminants to be regulated from 26 to 83 and expanded the EPA’s enforcement authority.

    • If a drinking water supplier violates any federal standard, the utility by law must tell the customer.

    • You can help prevent pollution of drinking water sources by carefully disposing of chemical products that you use at home.