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Ground Water Awareness Week
Ground Water Facts & Figures*
· Ground water provides:
o About 22 percent of all freshwater withdrawals.
o About 37 percent of agricultural use (mostly for irrigation).
o About 37 percent of the public water supply withdrawals.
o About 51 percent of all drinking water for the total population.
o About 99 percent of drinking water for the rural population
· Seventy-five percent of American cities depend on ground water for at least some of their drinking water.
· Fifty percent of all Americans rely on ground water for their primary source of drinking water. For rural populations, the figure is 95 percent.
· The average American uses 100 gallons of water per day.
· About 75 percent of the water that comes into our homes goes down the drain again.
*From the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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