8 Scary Facts About Water

SAINT LOUIS, MO (October 28, 2022) – Without reliable access to safe and clean water, life can be downright scary! Here are 8 unsettling facts about water and wastewater from around the world — and beyond.

To produce bottled water requires 5 to 11 times more water than the bottle holds, according to the NOAA via Business Insider.

The paper for one Sunday newspaper takes about 300 liters of water to make, according to the Matador Network.

More than 27 billion gallons of raw sewage and untreated stormwater flow into New York Harbor every year, according to Environment New York.

Fifty percent of all the schools in the world don’t have access to drinking water, according to Reuters.

About half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by someone with a water-related illness, according to the UN.

Eighty percent of all illnesses in the developing world come from waterborne diseases, according to the UN.

Worldwide, more than 771 million people do not have access to safe water, according to the UN.

On the International Space Station, 85% of water is recycled — including sweat and urine, according to NASA via Business Insider.