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 stretches over much of the US. But with these tips, conserving water doesn't have to be a drag.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 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.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
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!
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.