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.
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
It takes 520 million MWh of electricity per year to move, treat and heat water in the U.S. this is 13% of the total U.S. electrical consumption.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
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.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled 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!
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
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.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.