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.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
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.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
On average, one apple has a water footprint of 33 gallons.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
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.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
Cooling water discharged from a coal or nuclear plant is hotter--by an average of 17°F in summer--than when it entered the plant.
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.