Impacts of water in America

Impacts of water in America

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  • Having access to water is essential to everyday life in America. The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home.
  • Food waste is water waste. According to the World Resources Institute, inside the 1.3 billion tons of food wasted every year worldwide is 45 trillion gallons of water. Representing a staggering 24% of all water used for agriculture. In medium/high-income countries, food is wasted largely at the consumer level, in homes, institutions, and restaurants.
  • The United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) states that freshwater withdrawals have tripled over the last 50 years and demand for freshwater is increasing by 64 billion km3 per year.
  • I'm thirsty for CLEAN water!!!
  • Roughly 70 percent of this use occurs indoors.
  • According to a 2014 Journal Star article, The Lower Platte River, a main source of drinking water for Lincoln and Omaha, ranked fifth in the nation for highest amount of total toxic discharges, with almost 3,726,866 pounds discharged in 2012.
  • At a global level, the withdrawal ratios are 59% agricultural, 23% municipal, and 18% industrial respectively. The world's population is growing by roughly 80 million people each year, so that means we need to be taking care of our water more than ever! Due to these trends, WWAP predicts that in 2030, 47% of the world's population will be living in areas of high water stress.
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