Almost 70 percent of the all the freshwater in the world is frozen in Antarctica’s and Greenland’s ice caps.
The other 30 percent is found in the atmosphere, streams, lakes, and groundwater.
The Great Lakes, in the United States and Canada, hold 6 quadrillion gallons of water and make up about one-fifth of the world’s freshwater supply.
Lake Baikal in Russia holds another one-fifth of the world’s freshwater.
People in North America use eight times as much freshwater as people in Africa.
Freshwater comes from precipitation from the atmosphere, in the form of mist, rain and snow.
Only 2.75 percent of the water on Earth is freshwater, about two-thirds of it is frozen in glaciers, a quarter is groundwater, and only 0.005 percent of it is surface water.