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.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
On average, one apple has a water footprint of 33 gallons.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
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.
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.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
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!
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
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.