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.
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 ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
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 cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.