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.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
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.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
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!
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
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.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
On average, each American flushes 18.5 gal. of water down the toilet every day. More than any other uses like taking showers or washing dishes.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.