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.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
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.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
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 cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.