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.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
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!
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.