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!
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.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
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.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.