- Many fruits and vegetables are mostly water, including: lettuce and cucumber (96%); tomato (94%); watermelon (92%); broccoli and grapefruit (91%); and cantaloupe (90%).
- Water bodies provide essential transport routes for the goods we need. U.S. ports handle enough import cargo every month that, if stacked end to end, would reach about 4,000 miles.
- Life itself: Our bodies are made up of 75% water at birth and 60% in adulthood
- The Earth contains lots and lots of water—almost 333 million cubic miles (1386 cubic km). But only 3 percent of that amount is fresh water; the rest is salt water.
- Of all the water on Earth, only 1 percent is usable by humans.
- Of all the water usable by humans, more than 99 percent is stored in the ground. Less than 1 percent is contained in rivers and lakes.
- The overwhelming majority of freshwater—almost 70 percent—is in icecaps and glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica.
About two-fifths of the world’s people already face serious water shortages. Water-borne diseases fill half of all hospital beds. In countries such as Uganda, Georgia, Somalia and China (also a major water user), water shortages represent a serious problem. And a child born in the developed world consumes 30 to 50 times as much water as one in the developing world. Fortunately, some groups such as UNICEF are putting much effort into productive solutions to Earth’s water woes.
Water is a part of our daily lives. So is God. Clearly, our bodies can’t live with water, and at the well, Jesus is trying to tell the woman that our souls can’t live without water, either. Remember that Jesus’ well never runs dry: There’s enough for you, me … everyone.