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.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
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 slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
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, each American flushes 18.5 gal. of water down the toilet every day. More than any other uses like taking showers or washing dishes.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
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.