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.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
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.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
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.
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.