Released in conjunction with the social action campaign for the upcoming documentary Last Call at the Oasis, a powerful new infographic boils down America’s very real water crisis into four component parts: consumption, conservation, quality, and infrastructure.
The head-scratching facts pertain to anyone who’s ever turned on a bathroom faucet to brush teeth, taken a bath or shower, satisfied parched lips with a sip or gulp of bottled or tap water, washed a load of whites or colors, topped off a Super Soaker or hooked up a Slip’n Slide, flushed a toilet or urinal, accidentally or intentionally set off the fire sprinkler system in their office, watered their front or back lawn, boiled a tall or short pot of spaghetti, refilled their in-ground or above-ground swimming pool, or otherwise enlisted the use of water to facilitate their daily doings.
Over-consumed and under-conserved by an ever-growing global populace, freshwater is the “next oil,” the single biggest issue facing our world in the 21st century, say experts.
Here’s just a trickle of the eye-popping numbers swirling around the world of water.
—The average American consumes 99 gallons of water each and every day, while the world’s poorest live on less than two and a half gallons per day.
—Replacing grass lawns with native plans (especially in dry communities) can save over 15,000 gallons per year.
—Industrial farms create the majority of water pollution. In August 2005, three million gallons of manure spilled into New York’s Black River after a tank ruptured on a nearby dairy farm.
—It is estimated to cost $1 trillion to upgrade America’s water infrastructure over the next 25 years.
If you want to download the infographic, click to expand, right click the image, and you’re well on your way!