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.
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.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
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.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
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.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.