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.
One cotton t-shirt has a water footprint of 659 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.
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 pound of potatoes has a water footprint of 119 gallons.
On average, one apple has a water footprint of 33 gallons.
Only 1.3 percent of freshwater is surface waters like lakes and rivers.
One cup of coffee has a water footprint of 37 gallons.
Cooling water discharged from a coal or nuclear plant is hotter--by an average of 17°F in summer--than when it entered the plant.
People who water their lawn with an automatic timer use 47 percent more water than those who just use a hose.
One egg has a water footprint of 53 gallons.
20 percent of the Earth's surface water is in lakes.
30 percent of global freshwater is groundwater.
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 660 gallons of water to produce one hamburger.
The water footprint of a.5 liter soft drink is between 45 to 82 gallons.