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Geography: Water in the World

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 Thirstin's Water Cycle takes students on an animated and narrated tour of the water cycle from water, to vapor, to clouds, to rain. Thirstin's Tour of a Water Treatment Plant takes students on a narrated tour through a typical water treatment facility found in the United States.

"Average Rainfall"

"Average precipitation is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid."

The WorldBank I Data   by Country


CIA World Factbook - Find Statistics By Country

The World Factbook

Search by country

Go to Geography​

  • Climate
  • Land use
  • Irrigated land
  • Total renewable water resources
  • Freshwater withdrawal (domestic, industrial, agricultural)
  • Environment - current issues

Go to People and Society 

  • Drinking water source
  • Sanitation facility access
  • Major infectious diseases

Culture Grams

Find concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world.

Search Kids Edition

  • for daily life in countries

Search World Edition

  • for more detailed cultural information 



Show Me the Water!


What is Irrigation? (Video)

The Water Filter (Video)


ABC Splash

Online Publications

National Water Commission

Australian Wetlands Database

Water Quality

The Sydney Catchment Authority has developed this HSC Biology resource to support learning about how biologists work to ensure clean drinking water for the community to help control disease (HSC Biology Module 9.4.2 - The search for better health).

Picture of girl drinking clean water

Clean drinking water is essential for human health

There are six sections:

  • Safe Drinking Water  covers water quality guidelines, Sydney's water supply, and the global perspective on drinking water quality and health issues
  • Water Quality covers water quality parameters, problems, monitoring, and treatment 
  • Catchments covers the SCA's drinking water catchments and catchment management case studies to reduce pathogenic risks to drinking water
  • Water pathogens covers pathogen sources, public health, and pathogen science research
  • Terms and definitions covers technical terms used in the resource
  • Support for teachers covers teaching and learning suggestions, syllabus links and further resource links.

Weather Statistics


TES Resources

For Teachers

The award winning Water Design Challenge asked 11-14 year olds in the South East of England to come up with new ways of saving water. The project, created and managed by the Design Council in association with Southern Water, ran in 2010 and 2011.