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.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
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.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
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.
On average, one apple has a water footprint of 33 gallons.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
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.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
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.