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Approximately 74% of the earth’s surface is covered with water. However, only 3% of this is fresh water. Of the fresh water, only about 1% is contained in lakes, rivers, and wetlands.

If one in every five households has one dripping faucet, for one year, this is equivalent to nearly four hours of flow of Niagara Falls.

A cloudburst has about 113 drops per square foot per second; a moderate rain has about 46; and a drizzle has about 14.

The city of Los Angeles offers its residents free low-flush toilets to help them conserve water and save money. The toilets use only 1.6 gallons per flush.

In some rural areas, people obtain their water from private wells. In others, water is trucked to a central cistern for distribution.


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