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.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
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!
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.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
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.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.