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.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
On average, one apple has a water footprint of 33 gallons.
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.
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.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.