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.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
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.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
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.
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.