According to 2016 research by the Water Research Foundation, the average American household uses over 300 gallons of water every day, with indoor water usage accounting for about 70 percent of the total usage. The toilet accounts for 24 percent of indoor water use, whereas showers and faucets account for 20 percent and 19 percent, respectively. It is worth noting that 12 percent of the water is lost to leaks. When it comes to drinking water, more than 300 million Americans drink over one billion glasses of tap water every day. Clearly, Americans have a huge appetite for water. Unfortunately, emerging challenges, including population growth, climate change, and a crumbling water infrastructure, may make it difficult for some Americans to have access to clean water. To prevent this from happening, engineers need to develop suitable solutions to these problems. Below is some more information on this topic.
To learn more, check out the infographic below created by Ohio University’s online Master of Science in Civil Engineering program.