Where does water come from?

THE next time you have a drink of water, think about this…

Water has been on earth for billions of years. And the atoms that make up the water in that bottle or glass beside you have had an amazing journey over that time.

As part of water molecules, they may have travelled through volcanoes, oceans, aquifers, plants, even the kidneys of humans, fish and dinosaurs just to get to you.


And that’s not all.

Of all the water on the planet, only about 2.5 per cent is freshwater, and most of that is actually locked up in ice caps and glaciers, or hidden underground.

In fact, of that 2.5 per cent which is freshwater, only 1.2 per cent of it is surface water including lakes, damns and rivers.

If you’re struggling with the math, that’s okay – just remember that readily

accessible fresh water is an incredibly valuable asset, though it doesn’t often get treated that way.

[signoff icon=”icon-username”]Chris Owen
Griffith engineering graduate
Business group manager—water, GHD Global, UAE

Chris Owen is business group manager—water, for GHD Global Pty Ltd in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. GHD is one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting companies, offering services in the global market sectors of environment, water, energy and resources, transportation, and buildings and property. Chris holds a Master of Engineering Science (Water Care) from Griffith University and a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management. Before working at GHD in Abu Dhabi, he worked at Gold Coast Water as General Manager, Strategy and Business Improvement.[/signoff]