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.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
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.
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.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
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 single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.