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.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
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.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
On average, each American flushes 18.5 gal. of water down the toilet every day. More than any other uses like taking showers or washing dishes.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.