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.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
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.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 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.
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.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
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!
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.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.