The US has been grappling with the impacts of climate change and a surge in pollution from fossil fuel extraction for decades.
However, that has changed over the past few years as more of the country’s water resources have become increasingly available for use.
In addition to fracking, the water is now being used to irrigate crops, pump water from aquifers, and even pump carbon dioxide out of the air to be pumped back into the atmosphere.
That’s according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, which said that more than half of the nation’s surface water has been diverted from the water supply for use in the last two years.
The agency has now published a report detailing how it’s working to make things more efficient and use less water.
Here’s what you need to know about the US’s water crisis.