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.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
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.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
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!
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 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.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.