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 cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
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.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
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 large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.