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.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
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 typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
Together, China and India have 37 percent of the world's population, but are home to just 10.8 percent of the world's water.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.