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.
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.
Together, China and India have 37 percent of the world's population, but are home to just 10.8 percent of the world's water.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
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.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.