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.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
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.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
One egg has a water footprint of 53 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.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.