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.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
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.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.