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 stretches over much of the US. But with these tips, conserving water doesn't have to be a drag.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
Power plants in the US withdraw 143 billion gallons of fresh water every day; more than irrigation and 3 times that's used for public water supplies.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
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.
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.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.