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.
A single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
Radioactive Bluefin Tuna, caught off California's coast had cesium-134 and cesium-137 in their systems.
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.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
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.
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.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.