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 stretches over much of the US. But with these tips, conserving water doesn't have to be a drag.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
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.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
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.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
On average, one apple has a water footprint of 33 gallons.
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.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
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.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.