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Answer: What Percent of the World’s Water is Drinkable Surface Water?

What Percent of the World’s Water is Drinkable Surface Water? (Water Not In Glaciers or Underground)


First of all, Surface water is water in a river, lake or fresh water wetland. Surface water is naturally replenished by precipitation and naturally lost through discharge to the oceans, evaporation, evapotranspiration and sub-surface.

Basically out of the World’s Water Supply 97% of it is Saline, or Salt Water, so 3% is Fresh Water, of that 3%; 68.7% is in Icecaps and Glaciers, 30.1% is Ground Water 0.9% is other and 0.3% of that is surface water which is tied up in Lakes, Swamps and Rivers. What’s the 87% of lakes from the 0.3% of surface water from the 3% of Fresh water? I don’t know, that’s math I can’t do but here’s a nifty graph to help out with the math.

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