According to the Tea Association of America, "tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost 80% of all U.S. households. It is the only beverage commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere, for any occasion. On any given day, over 158 million Americans are drinking tea. In 2014, Americans consumed over 80 billion servings of tea, or more than 3.60 billion gallons. "
As a crop, the water footprint for tea is close to that of coffee. The production of one 250ml cup of tea requires 30-35 litres of water.