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, one apple has a water footprint of 33 gallons.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
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.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
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.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.