A Looming Threat in
Places of Plenty

With the world population having already passed 7 billion, clean water has become an increasingly important issue in the modern world. Recent statistics from the EPA state that 80% of state water managers expect water shortages within the next decade under average weather conditions. The response by the American population, however, does not reflect such concerns. Americans use an average of 100 gallons a day just at home, an amount that surpasses any other country average in the world. And even while we are aware of this significant disparity in water usage, we fail to make any changes. Just by installing water efficiency standard appliances, we can reduce our water usage by 30%. Indeed, while less than 1% of the Earth's water is potable, Americans continue to waste the precious resource more than any other country.

The world is in the midst of a water crisis, but the American population is doing little to change their consumption rates.

Water Consumption in the US

Groundwater Withdrawals
Surface Water Withdrawals

An In-Depth Look

As you select a specific geographic location, you'll see more information about the water usage in other graph visualizations.