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.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
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!
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
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.
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.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
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.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.