Statistics shows us the harsh reality of water in the US by Paola Arciniega

DID YOU KNOW?

California uses more water than any other state and each Californian uses an average of a 181 gallons per day!!!

In 119 years of recorded history, 2013 was the driest calendar year for the state of California. On January 17, 2014 California State Governor, Jerry Brown,declared a drought state of emergency

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Over two-thirds of U.S. estuaries and bays are severely degraded because of nitrogen and phosphorous pollution.

Water quality reports indicate that 45% of U.S. streams, 47 percent of lakes, and 32 percent of bays are polluted.

Forty percent of America’s rivers are too polluted for fishing, swimming or aquatic life. The lakes are even worse — over 46% are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.

Every year almost 25% of U.S. beaches are closed at least once because of water pollution.
Americans use over 2.2 billion pounds of pesticides every year, which eventually washes into our rivers and lakes.
Over 73 different kinds of pesticides have been found in U.S. groundwater that eventually ends up in our drinking water – unless it is adequately filtered.
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The Mississippi River, which drains over 40 percent of the continental U.S., carries an estimated 1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen pollution into the Gulf of Mexico every year. This resulting pollution is the cause of a coastal dead zone the size of Massachusetts every summer.
Septic systems are failing all around the country, causing untreated waste materials to flow freely into streams, rivers, and lakes.
Over 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, groundwater, and industrial waste are discharged into U.S. waters annually.
The 5-minute daily shower most Americans take uses more water than a typical person in a developing country uses in a whole day.

Pollution and population are the things that concern me the  most due to we are literally running out of water, yet we still taking our “5 minute shower” (which Americans uses more water than a typical person), although we may know the consequences we are not taking this global issue seriously, and this will bring diseases and adversity to our future generations.Americans care very little about water, because for most of our history water has been abundant and good. But problems with infrastructure and supply are growing.Make the difference by changing the way you use water in your home, try to save more and use less. It’s a daily life choice that we still able to decide for our own good, for our children. And always remember that little details can make a huge difference, make the difference

Sources; http://ca.water.usgs.gov/data/drought/drought-impact.htm http://www.waterbenefitshealth.com/water-pollution-facts.html

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