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 cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 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 pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
About 29% of the total water footprint of the agricultural sector in the world is related to the production of animal products.
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 glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.