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.
The average American throws away 20 pounds of food each month or about two-thirds of a pound per person per day.
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.
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.
69 percent of global freshwater is stored in glaciers and ice caps.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
Corn accounts for 8 percent of global water use for crop production.
25 percent of all freshwater consumed in the US is associated with discarded food -- about as much as the volume of Lake Erie.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
73 percent of the Earth's surface water is locked in ice and snow.
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 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 single margherita pizza requires 333 gallons of water, enough to fill almost ten bathtubs!
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.