# Is only 1% of the water on Earth is drinkable?

## Is only 1% of the water on Earth is drinkable?

Only about three percent of Earth’s water is freshwater. Of that, only about 1.2 percent can be used as drinking water; the rest is locked up in glaciers, ice caps, and permafrost, or buried deep in the ground.

### Why is only 1% of the earth’s water available to us?

Over 97 percent of the earth’s water is found in the oceans as salt water. Two percent of the earth’s water is stored as fresh water in glaciers, ice caps, and snowy mountain ranges. That leaves only one percent of the earth’s water available to us for our daily water supply needs.

#### Is drinkable water running out?

We often hear from the news media that there is not enough fresh, potable drinking water for all people on Earth , and that the number of people on Earth is increasing rapidly. So it might appear that our planet may one day run out of water. Fortunately, that is not the case.

Is the Earth made up of 75 water?

Viewed from space, one of the most striking features of our home planet is the water, in both liquid and frozen forms, that covers approximately 75% of the Earth’s surface. Earth is a water planet: three-quarters of the surface is covered by water, and water-rich clouds fill the sky. (NASA.)

How much water is on Earth in total?

One estimate of global water distribution

Water source Water volume, in cubic miles Percent of total water
Oceans, Seas, & Bays 321,000,000 96.54
Ice caps, Glaciers, & Permanent Snow 5,773,000 1.74
Groundwater 5,614,000 1.69
Fresh 2,526,000 0.76

## How many liters of water does the world have?

If the world’s water supply were only 100 liters (26 gallons), our usable water supply of fresh water would be only about 0.003 liter (one-half teaspoon). In actuality, that amounts to an average of 8.4 million liters (2.2 million gallons) for each person on earth.

### What’s the percentage of fresh water on Earth?

As stated above, about 2.5% of the Earth’s water is freshwater. Of the fresh water available on earth, only 31% is accessible for use.

#### How much of the earth’s water is drinkable?

In its current state, less than 1% of the Earth’s water is usable. Another important source of drinking water is the surface freshwater. The surface water is held in lakes, rivers, dams, and streams. Although rivers and dams are critical for water supply, they contain only 1% of the freshwater.

Where does most of the world’s water come from?

Still, much of the 0.3 percent that is useable is unattainable. Most of the water used by humans comes from rivers. The visible bodies of water are referred to as surface water. The majority of fresh water is actually found underground as soil moisture and in aquifers.