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.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
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.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
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.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.