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.
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.
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.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
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.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
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.