Water Facts
  1. About 70% of the earth is covered in water.

  2. Only 1% is fresh water that is readily available for human consumption.

  3. Almost 9%, or 891 163 square kilometres, of Canada's total area is covered by fresh water.

  4. The Great Lakes are the largest system of fresh, surface water on earth, containing roughly 18% of the world supply.

  5. In Canada, there is more water underground than on the surface.

  6. Canadians use 4,400 litres of water per day per person.

  7. Per capita, Canadians are second only to Americans in terms of water consumption.

  8. Residential indoor water use in Canada: toilet – 30%; bathing and showering – 35%; laundry – 20%; kitchen and drinking – 10%; cleaning – 5%

  9. A single lawn sprinkler spraying 19 litres per minute uses more water in just one hour than a combination of ten toilet flushes, two 5-minute showers, two dishwasher loads, and a full load of clothes.

  10. Health problems related to water pollution in general are estimated to cost Canadians $300 million per year.




Drinking Water

Municipally treated water is the safest, cheapest option that Canadians have for drinking water. It is also the least environmentally harmful option. The Clean Water Foundation designs and delivers information campaigns that inform consumers of the benefits of municipal water so they can make informed decisions about drinking water.

Water Efficiency/Conservation

Canada is blessed with an abundance of fresh water. Canadians are also the largest water wasters in the world. Wasting water costs us money, it shortens the lifespan of our infrastructure and can have adverse effects on the environment. The Clean Water Foundation works with public and private sector partners to accelerate the uptake of water efficient consumer technologies and change water wasting behaviours.

Water Pollution

Paints, solvents, herbicides, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, personal care products and other products with chemical constituents play a significant role in modern society. They can however have detrimental impacts on our rivers, lakes and even our drinking water through improper disposal. The Clean Water Foundation works to raise awareness about the wise use and proper disposal of harmful household products while also promoting the adoption of better alternatives. As well, CWF encourages the adoption of technologies that reduce the discharge of pollution from our homes and properties.

To learn about our work on pharmaceuticals and water, please visit our A Prescription For Clean Water page.


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Contact: The Clean Water Foundation
80 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 10, Toronto, ON CANADA • M4V 1N3
phone 416. 677. 0449