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.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 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.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
On average, one apple has a water footprint of 33 gallons.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
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.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
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.