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.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
Nitric oxides are released from farms in large quantities due to manure application and are among the leading causes of acid rain.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
More than 1,300 gallons are required to produce a 12oz steak.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.
A piece of A5 paper has a water footprint of 3 gallons, but amounts vary depending on wood.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 gallons.
Irrigation-intensive agricultural diverts 70 percent of the world's available freshwater each year.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
One pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
65 percent of Americans say that there should be more regulation of fracking for natural gas.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
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.
Waste generated by animal agriculture in the US has polluted over 35,000 miles of river in 22 states.