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.
One slice of bread has a water footprint of 11 gallons.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
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 cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.