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What percentage of the earth is covered by water? c 75% b 66% a 50%
What percentage of the earth’s water is fit for human use? a. 3 % b. 10 % c. 5 %
CORRECT! Only 3% of the earth’s water is fit for human use. About 97% of the water on earth is salt water. We can’t use most of the freshwater because it is out of our reach, locked into polar snow and ice.
How much of the human body is made of water? a. 10% b. 50% c. 70%
CORRECT!The human body is made of nearly 70% water.
How many glasses of water should you drink every day? 12 8 2
CORRECT! 8 glasses is the recommended amount of water we should drink daily.
About how long can a person survive without drinking anything? a. 1 day b. 1 week c. 1 month
CORRECT! A person can live without food for more than a month, but can only live without water for about one week.
About how many peoplein the world do nothave access to clean,safe drinking water? a. 3.5 billion b. 1 billion c. 2.4 billion
CORRECT!Almost 1 billion people do not have access tosafe, clean drinking water. Caritas works with communities around the world to change this.
41litres 575litres In Australia, the average amount of water that each person uses every day is 493 litres. What is the averagedaily water use in Ethiopia? 5litres
575litres 5litres 41litres CORRECT! On average, someone in Ethiopia uses about 5 litres of water a day.That’s less water than the average toilet flush at 9½ litres. The recommended basic water requirement per person per day is 50 litres. That’s for drinking, cooking and keeping clean and healthy. In Kenya the average daily water usage is 41 litres and in the USA it is 575 litres!
What are the advantages of having a safe source of water? a. Families are more healthy b. Babies do not have diarrhoea c. Food crops are watered
CORRECT!In fact, all the answers are right. Clean water helps people stay healthy. And when people are healthy they can work, go to school and look after their crops and animals! Caritas Australia is working to make sure people have access to clean, safe water.
Now you know how precious water is - take action! • Turn the tap off when you are cleaning your teeth • Have showers instead of baths • Tell someone else about this quiz • Use water sensibly!
Picture credits: Claire KirkLeticia Valverdes Marcella Haddad Caroline Irby Ashenati Gudeta/EthiopiaLives.net Adapted from a resource produced by CAFOD Last updated Jan 2012 Sources: cafod.org.uk, endwaterpoverty.org.uk, wateraid.org.uk, dfid.gov.uk, hdr.undp.org