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.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
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.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
On average, one apple has a water footprint of 33 gallons.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
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.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
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.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.