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.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 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.
On average, one apple has a water footprint of 33 gallons.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
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.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.