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.
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.
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.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
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.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.