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.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
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.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
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.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.