Top 5 Fun Facts about Groundwater for National Groundwater Awareness Week!
Groundwater is important to everyone as it is the water that soaks into the soil from rain or other precipitation and then fills cracks and openings in beds of rocks and sand. While it is considered a renewable resource, the renewal rates do vary depending on environmental conditions like droughts, floods, bedrock formation, etc. Check out the top 5 fun facts about groundwater below:
- Out of all the freshwater in the world – excluding the polar ice caps – about 95% is groundwater.
- Groundwater provides much of the flow for the many streams and rivers, adding about 492 billion gallons of water a day to them.
- Scientists estimate that U.S. groundwater reserves to be at least 33,000 trillion gallons of water, or the amount of water that has been discharged into the Gulf of Mexico from the Mississippi River in the past 200 years!
- The U.S. uses about 79.6 billion gallons daily of fresh groundwater for public supply, irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining and other purposes.
- Almost half – about 44% – of the U.S. population depends on groundwater for drinking water!
If you are part of the 44% who rely on groundwater for your drinking water, you might want to use advanced water filtration technologies to ensure your drinking water is as clean as it can be!