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The World's Water

3% of the worlds water is drinkable.

http://cals.arizona.edu/AZWATER/awr/dec99/Feature2.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-01-26-water-usat_x.htm

[quote]ssn0 wrote:
3% of the worlds water is drinkable.

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I bet it’s because of those damn wacky survivalists hoarding 3 months worth of water in their nuke bunkers.

[quote]ssn0 wrote:
3% of the worlds water is drinkable.

http://cals.arizona.edu/AZWATER/awr/dec99/Feature2.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-01-26-water-usat_x.htm
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These stories are 8 and 4 years old and are mostly alarmist hype.

I have worked in the environmental field for the last 12 years mostly in water and wastewater treatment.

The third worlds water problems have been going on since the beginning of time and obviously they have much room for improvement.

There will be water rights squabbles but in the US they seem to come down to how government subsidies are handed out.

All in all water is of vital importance and we will continue to spend money in an on going battle to keep it clean.

I would like to know where they came up with the 3% number and what % of the worlds water is salt water.

[quote]ssn0 wrote:
3% of the worlds water is drinkable.
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That’s a no-brainer. You ever tasted ocean water?

[quote]Zap Branigan wrote:
I would like to know where they came up with the 3% number and what % of the worlds water is salt water.
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I think 97% is salt water and the 3% in question isn’t all totally drinkable–its potentially drinkable. Most of it is locked in ice or underground or in the air as water vapor.

Over 70% of the globe is water so it’s unimaginable that we’d have more drinkable water than 3% considering where the majority of that wate comes from.

Oh yea, well 100% of all water is wet…