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.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
On average, each American flushes 18.5 gal. of water down the toilet every day. More than any other uses like taking showers or washing dishes.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
Together, China and India have 37 percent of the world's population, but are home to just 10.8 percent of the world's water.
It takes 520 million MWh of electricity per year to move, treat and heat water in the U.S. this is 13% of the total U.S. electrical consumption.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
Cooling water discharged from a coal or nuclear plant is hotter--by an average of 17°F in summer--than when it entered the plant.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.