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.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
The average cheese pizza has a water footprint of 333 gallons.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 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.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
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.
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!
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 piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
Households directly use the most water indoors in the morning (5am to 11am) because of showering and prepping for the day ahead.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.