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.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.