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.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 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.
On average, one apple has a water footprint of 33 gallons.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.