17,000,000 gallons needed to fill the tank created to film Titanic

17,000,000 gallons needed to fulfill the minimum drinking requirements of the state of California for one day

1,580,000,000 gallons withdrawn from the Central California Basin aquifer per day for public consumption

90 gallons are used by the average American at home per day

53 gallons are used by the average European at home per day

5 gallons are used by the average African at home per day

.5 gallons are needed by the average person per day to survive

6 gallons required to grow one serving of lettuce

49 gallons required to produce one eight-ounce glass of milk

2,600 gallons required to produce one serving of steak

39,000 gallons required to produce one car, including tires

17 percent of people worldwide do not have access to clean water

34 percent of people worldwide do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities

50 percent of the world's hospital beds are occupied by people suffering from waterborne diseases 

This article originally appeared in Plenty in December 2006. This story was added to MNN.com in June 2009.

Copyright Environ Press 2006.