In the US we're fortunate to have billions of gallons of clean water delivered daily to our homes, then piped away when we're done. Unfortunately, a lack of infrastructure funding could threaten our water.
As the climate warms, scientists say we will have more intense storms and droughts and more precipitation falling as rain instead of snow. This could have serious consequences for our nation's water systems.
While hanging out in the yard can be carefree summer fun, saving water is serious business, especially as a devastating drought continues in the southwest US. But with these tips, conserving water doesn't have to be a drag.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
A frack job used 4.5 million gallons, of which a amount approximately 10 to 40 percent flows back to the surface as toxic water.