How We Use Water

Water Footprint Calculator
Through a series of questions about daily routines, the calculator accounts for not only the water we use from the tap, but also the water it takes to produce the food we eat, the energy we use, and the products we buy.

What Is Water Used For?
From automobile tires to hamburgers, water is essential in the production of many everyday items. Here are just a few examples.

Water Trivia Facts
How long can a person live without food? How long can a person live without water? How much water drops with an inch of rain?

To Make a Burger, First You Need 660 Gallons of Water …
Washing clothes and dishes, cooking and bathing—are all part of our water footprint. But the biggest contributor to our water footprint is our diet.

The Incredibly Stupid Way That Americans Waste 1 Trillion Gallons of Water Each Year
According to the EPA, Americans needlessly waste water, because of leaky kitchen and bathroom faucets and malfunctioning toilets.

How We Use Water | Environmental Protection Agency
The Earth might seem like it has abundant water, but in fact less than 1 percent is available for human use. While population and demand on freshwater resources are increasing, supply will always remain constant.

The Water Crisis

Water Conservation at EPA
The U.S. population has doubled over the past 50 years while our thirst for water has tripled. With at least 40 states anticipating water shortages by 2024, the need to conserve water is critical.

America Has a Water Crisis No One Is Talking About
Access to clean water is a basic human right. Yet for 14 million US households, water bills are too expensive. And as the cost of water rises, even more Americans are at risk of not being able to pay their monthly water bill.

Flint Water Crisis Fast Facts
Take a look at the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where cost-cutting measures led to tainted drinking water that contained lead and other toxins.

Water Scarcity & the Importance of Water
Clean, safe drinking water is scarce. Today, nearly 1 billion people in the developing world don’t have access to it.

7 Reasons We’re Facing a Global Water Crisis
Droughts in Somalia. Water rationing in Rome. Flooding in Jakarta and Harvey-battered Houston.

Why Cape Town Is Running Out of Water, and Who’s Next
The South African city plans to shut off the taps to 4 million people. But it’s just one of many cities around the world facing a future with too little water.

Water Torture: Cape Town’s Devastating Water Crisis Worsens
Satellite images of South Africa’s tourist hub of Cape Town reveal just how close the city is to running out of water as its biggest dam shrinks daily.

How Does Water Use in the United States Compare to That in Africa?
The average American family uses about 552 gallons of water a day, compared to the average African family that uses about 5 gallons of water.

How to Save Water

6 Times You Can Turn Off the Tap to Save Water
Water demand is expected to climb 50 percent from 2007 to 2025. What can you do to reduce your personal water demand and help conserve this vital natural resource?

Water Use It Wisely.
Find 100+ ways to conserve water, a home water audit, a home water challenge, water-saving products, and much more at this site.

Water-Saving Tips: Don’t Be a Drip
Find simple ways to conserve water, many of which are low- or no-cost and no-hassle.

Fix a Leak Week
Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide.

Drip Calculator
Check out the world’s most popular tool for estimating water waste, brought to you by the American Water Works Association.

Resources for Kids

Stop That Drip Video | 5 Things Kids Can Do to Save Water
Watch a 3-minute animated video about saving water—made by kids, for kids (and adults too). Great tips, great facts, and some very silly cats and dogs!

Simple Ways to Save Water | WaterSense for Kids
Move our water-efficiency hero Flo through water pipes and answer water-efficiency questions while avoiding water-wasting monsters.

Water Conservation for Kids | Water Use It Wisely
Play water games, keep the fish afloat in the Tip Tank, help Wayne save water as he splashes his way around Arizona, and explore tips for kids to save water.

5 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Water Conservation
Explore some dynamic and fun ways you can teach your children that a drop of water is a terrible thing to waste.

Teaching Kids About Water Conservation & the Water Cycle
Activities and books that teach children about water conservation and the water cycle.


The Water Project
Real Problems. Real People. Real Impact. Make a lasting difference.

charity: water
Bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

12 Nonprofits That Address the Global Water Crisis
Nonprofits working toward the common goal of providing clean water.

7 Water Organizations You Should Know
One in nine people live without access to clean and drinkable water.