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.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
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 slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
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.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
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.