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.
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!
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
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.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
Power plants in the US withdraw 143 billion gallons of fresh water every day; more than irrigation and 3 times that's used for public water supplies.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.