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 typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
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.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
A shower leaking just 10 drips per minute wastes 500 gallons of water per year. That's enough water to run your dishwasher every day for two months!
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.