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.
Creating a gallon of ethanol consumes about 100 gallons of freshwater. In some regions, ethanol production can take three or more times that amount.
Crop irrigation accounts for 31 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
One pound of cheese has a water footprint of 600 gallons.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
On average, each American directly uses more water outdoors (101 gallons per day) than indoors (69 gallons per day).
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
Only.007% of all water on earth is accessible for direct human use.
One ton of carbon dioxide pollution causes around $20 of damage to economies, ecosystems and human health.
One glass of milk has a water footprint of 52 gallons.
It takes 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
On average, one large banana has a water footprint of 42 gallons.
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.
It takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
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.