Chances are you don’t know what a capybara is, do you?
It’s the biggest rodent in the world. It lives in forested areas of South America. And its latin name is Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, and both of those words translate from Greek into – you guessed it – waterhog.
Since the waterhog is the “king of the rodents,” perhaps this is an opportunity to look at all of the rest of the world’s biggest “waterhogs.” Here is a sampling:
1. Biggest waterhog nation: China
This isn’t too surprising, given that the country is home to an estimated 1.35 billion people. But The Chinese consume more than 1.368 trillion cubic meters of water every year – more than any other nation on earth.
2. Biggest waterhog nation per capita: United Arab Emirates
This small Arab nation of just of 9.2 million people sits east of Saudi Arabia and on the southern border of the Persian Gulf. But its residents consume a whopping 500 liters of water per day on average, more than anyone else on the planet. (More than a third of that water comes from the ocean via desalination plants.)
3. Biggest waterhog golf destination: Palm Springs, California
The city, which sits in the middle of a desert, has 57 golf courses. And each one of those pieces of property drinks about a million gallons of water per day. But the courses all look great!
4. Biggest waterhog waterfall: Bayongo Falls, Democratic Republic of the Congo
The nation is smack dab in the middle of Africa, and the falls are in the north central part of the nation just south of the city of Kisangani. And Bayongo Falls flows at about 600,000 cubic feet per second, making it the greatest waterfall flow in the world.
5. Biggest waterhog in your home: toilets
Not washers, showers, or faucets. For the average household, 27% of its water usage comes from toilet usage. (Although if you install low-flow toilets throughout your home, this may not be true for you.)
6. Biggest waterhog ounce-for-ounce in your home: sponge
This probably doesn’t surprise you. But you may be astonished that the average sponge can absorb 100 times its weight in water. That means that a regular one ounce sponge can hold over three quarts of water.
7. Biggest waterhog plant: saguaro cactus
Growing only in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona and northern Mexico, the tall stately saguaro cactus can store up to a ton of water at one time, or several years worth of nourishment. That’s part of the reason why some saguaro cacti are as old as 200 years of age.
8. Biggest waterhog animal: camel
Contrary to myth, camels don’t actually store water in their humps. But they can make a little water go a long way. And get this: a 1,300-pound camel can drink 53 gallons of water in just three minutes.
9. Biggest waterhog floor mats – The WaterHog line
Again, no surprise here: every WaterHog mat is made to store a whopping 1.5 gallons of water per square yard. That’s moisture that won’t get tracked onto your floors, where it can present a slip-and-fall hazard.
Ultimate Mats can’t find you the best deal on a new cactus, camel, or capybara, but they can help you pick out the type, size, and color of WaterHog mat that suits your decor. So contact Ultimate Mats today!