The American dream might be to live in a big house with an emerald green lawn in front and a shimmering pool out back. From a water conservation standpoint, this is more like a nightmare than a dream!
In the US We're fortunate to have billions of gallons of clean water delivered to our homes each day, then piped away when we're done with it. 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.
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 piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
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!
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).