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.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
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.
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!
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.