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.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
On average, one apple has a water footprint of 33 gallons.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
A shower leaking just 10 drips per minute wastes 500 gallons of water per year. That's enough water to run your dishwasher every day for two months!
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.