It is forecast that in the U.S. by 2050, energy will be 40 percent higher than it is today, (Energy Information Administration), a research unit of the federal Department of Energy.

Climate change is steadily reducing snowmelt and rainfall that feeds lakes and rivers, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

And the U.S. uses 200 billion gallons of water a day, half of all water withdrawals, to cool electric generating stations, says the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Resolving the problem, say engineers and scientists, will take much keener energy and water conservation programs. It also will take new practices and technology.

This infographic gives us a look at the breakdown of water usage versus population. Not sure it solves any issues however provides excellent insights.

To produce and burn the 1 billion tons of coal America uses each year, the mining and utility industries alone withdraws 55 trillion to 75 trillion gallons of water annually. That’s roughly equal to the torrent of water that pours over Niagara Falls in five months.

Does the solution lie beneath us? What do you think?