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.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
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.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
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.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
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.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.