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.
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.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.