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.
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 water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
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.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 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.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
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.
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.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.