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.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
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.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
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.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 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.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
Power plants in the US withdraw 143 billion gallons of fresh water every day; more than irrigation and 3 times that's used for public water supplies.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.