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.
A typical chocolate bar has a water footprint of 449 gallons.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
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!
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
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.
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.