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.
On average, one apple has a water footprint of 33 gallons.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
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.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
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.
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.
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.
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.