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.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
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.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
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!
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.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
Together, China and India have 37 percent of the world's population, but are home to just 10.8 percent of the world's water.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).