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.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
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.
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.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
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.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.