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.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
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.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!