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Ground Water Awareness Week

Fact Sheet

 

 

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