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 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!
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
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.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
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.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.