Drinking water is a big part of our lives, and so is our food and our health.
Water and sanitation is a major concern in the U.S., and so are issues with how people drink and what they eat.
The latest numbers show that drinking water is not an issue for a large portion of Americans, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In fact, drinking water consumption is down for the third consecutive year, but that’s not necessarily because of a decrease in water use.
It’s a decrease because people are more aware of how to manage their water, says Dr. Paul Pritchard, a water scientist at the University of Minnesota and a member of the UTM team that produced the report.
In addition, Americans are drinking less than they used to.
“Americans are using less water than they did a decade ago,” Pritcher says.
“So I think it’s not a shock that Americans are less aware of their water consumption.
And so that makes it more likely that Americans will be more mindful about how they drink.”
One thing Americans can do to decrease their water use is to use more fruits and vegetables, Pritches says.
Water use and water consumption aren’t just related, and many of these trends are tied to water scarcity.
In recent years, water scarcity has led to a rise in water-related illnesses and deaths in the United States.
In 2016, the Centers of Disease Control reported that the number of water-associated deaths in U.P. was nearly 7,000, compared to just over 1,000 in 2014.
Pritchers says it’s possible that some of these increases could be related to the recent drought.
“The U.s. has been experiencing a lot of drought-related illness,” Priesons says.
The UTM report also points to some possible reasons for the current water scarcity: the drought is forcing people to ration their water supply, making it harder to find and purchase bottled water, and the increased number of people using tap water has increased demand.
“We are in a drought year, so the number [of people] who are going to have to drink bottled water is going to be even higher,” Prisons says, adding that there are also potential health concerns associated with increased water consumption in the water-rich Southern Plains states of Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
For the UTM researchers, this is part of a broader trend of Americans’ increasing awareness of water consumption, but Pritch says that is just one of the factors that are affecting how water is used in the country.
“I think the biggest factor that’s impacting our water consumption as a nation is the increase in awareness,” Prysons says of water conservation.
“It’s really become more common to see people drinking water as part of the normal household routine.
It really becomes a way to conserve water.
But I think we need to really get to the root of this problem.
We need to actually get the water people drink from water that they actually need.”
For more information about the Utm study, visit the CDC website.