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.
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.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
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.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
A frack job used 4.5 million gallons, of which a amount approximately 10 to 40 percent flows back to the surface as toxic water.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.