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  • The United States is one of the largest countries in the world based on both population and land area.  The population of the US exceeds 300 million people.
  • Alaska, the largest state, has the longest coastline in the US.
  • The only royal palace used in the US is located in Honolulu, Hawaii.  It is the Iolani Palace which is now a museum.
  • The Hollywood Bowl in California is the world’s largest amphitheater.
  • The US Navy has the second largest air force in the world.  The US Air Force has the largest air force.
  • Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the US, but technically it is number 47.  Until 1953, Congress forgot to vote on a resolution admitting Ohio to the Union.
  • George Washington had to borrow money to go to his own inauguration.
  • The Statute of Liberty, a gift from France, is located in New Jersey — not New York.
  • Wabash, Indiana was the first electrically lighted city in the world.
  • Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport.
  • Only two people, John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature was not added until five years later. 
  • The original copy of the Declaration of Independence has been lost.   
  • 32% of all land in the US is owned by the federal government. 

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The United States is not immune from concerns related to its water supplies.  Worried about dwindling water supplies, communities in places like Las Vegas and Los Angeles have begun waging war on the lush, green grass of front lawns.
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In the United States, Got Agua? focuses its efforts on disaster relief.  Water. Life. Love.

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Drought forces Texas city to turn to toilets for tap water

 

 

Desperate drought conditions in parts of bone-dry Texas have called for desperate measures.

Residents of Wichita Falls, population 100,000, fear they will run out of water within two years. So city officials found a way to flush away their worries.

 

The city has built a new 13-mile pipeline connecting its waste treatment plant directly to a second facility that purifies drinking water. That means treated wastewater — not just from toilets, but from sinks, bathtubs and dishwashers — will no longer be released down river as before. Instead, it will soon flow out of household faucets.

 

"The water that's coming in to the water treatment plant has already been treated once at the wastewater plant. It's not receiving raw, untreated sewage,” Daniel Nix of Wichita Falls Public Works told NBC's Gabe Gutierrez.

 

But some people are calling the process “toilet to tap” and have already switched to bottled water.

 

"Just the very thought that you might be drinking your own wastewater is never comforting,” said Wichita Falls resident Tim McMillin.

 

Widespread drought has changed the way the nation thinks about water. Other areas, including Orange County, Calif., have added some treated wastewater to some of their drinking supply.

 

But the percentage being used in Wichita Falls, about half of the city’s tap water, will be the highest in the country.

 

"We don’t have any other options,” said resident Julie Spence, owner of Gidget’s Sandwich Shop.

 

City officials said the Texas Department of Environmental Quality expects to finish its testing process within the next 30 days.

 

Darron Leiker, Wichita Falls city manager, expressed confidence that everything will clear all safety criteria.

 

“It will meet or exceed all state and federal drinking standards,” he said. 

 

Source: Today News

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