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.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
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.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
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!