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.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
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.
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.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
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 egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.