Surface water is water on the surface of the planet such as in a stream, river, lake, wetland, or ocean. It can be contrasted with groundwater and atmospheric water. Only 2.5% of the Earth’s water is freshwater, and 98.8% of that water is in ice and groundwater.
1.21 billion People
1.21 Billion people in big cities worldwide, primarily depend on surface water sources.
90 Million Children
90 Million children in the United States swim and have fun in surface waters each year.
504 Billion Liter
Large cities use on average 504 billion liter water per day from Surface Waters.
70% of Drinking Water
More than 70% of drinking water in the United States is made out of surface water.
50% of Africa’s Surface Water
About 50% of Africa’s total surface water is concentrated within a single basin, the Congo river basin.
6.6 Trillion Gallons
Manufacturers in the United States using 6.6 trillion gallons of fresh water.
40% No Data
10 % of Europe’s surface water bodies are in poor chemical status. From 40% is no data available.
One in Nine
780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people.