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.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
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.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
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.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.