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 stretches over much of the US. But with these tips, conserving water doesn't have to be a drag.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
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!
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.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.