Freshwater is vital to human survival. Our ancestors had the keen awareness that it was strategically advantageous to settle near rivers. This understanding drove the transition from tribes of early hunter-gatherers into civilization as we know it. Along with being a consistent source of drinkable water, rivers provide fertile land for hunting, fishing, agriculture, and transportation.
After thousands of years of civilization, many of us no longer need to dwell near freshwater sources to experience the benefits. Advances in technology have drastically changed the means of water collection, treatment, and distribution.
Score from the experts at Killer Infographics
Visual Communication - 70%
Design - 75%
Content/Script - 60%
Usability - 65%
This infographic offers a deep dive into freshwater, where it's sourced, and how it's used, especially in the United States. Several data visualizations — such as the one of 4.5 Empire State Buildings — do a good job of visually communicating the content with minimal text. However, several opportunities for data visualization and meaningful data comparison are missed, and overall, the infographic is quite text-heavy. Several paragraphs of text contain statistics that could have been pulled out for visualization. Still, the infographic is informative and interesting with a consistent design style throughout. Overall, we'd give this a D+.