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.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
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.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
On average, one apple has a water footprint of 33 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!