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.
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.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
On average, one apple has a water footprint of 33 gallons.
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.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
Cooling water discharged from a coal or nuclear plant is hotter--by an average of 17°F in summer--than when it entered the plant.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
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.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.