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.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
On average, each American flushes 18.5 gal. of water down the toilet every day. More than any other uses like taking showers or washing dishes.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.