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.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 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.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
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!
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
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.
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.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.