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.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
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.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
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.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
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.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
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!