Five Fun Water Facts for Friday

We hope you enjoy a few facts about water and treatment history!



The first municipal water filtration works opened in Paisley, Scotland in 1832. The first United States water plant with filters was built in 1872 in Poughkeepsie, New York.


The average person in the United States uses 80 to 100 gallons of water each day.medieval.water During medieval times a person used only about 5 gallons per day.



The United States uses about 346,000 million gallons of fresh water every day; nearly 80 percent of this is for irrigation and thermoelectric power. The top five states that utilize water for power, in order, are: Washington, Oregon, New York, California, and Alabama.


More than 13 million households get their water from their own private wells and are responsible for treating and pumping the water themselves.well_construction


The United States has more than 250,000 rivers, totaling over 3.5 million river miles. There are over 471,000 natural lakes in the US. Man-made lakes or reservoirs add to that number significantly.


On our Facebook page, we posted a link to a US Bodies of Water quiz. Take a few minutes and test your knowledge of US Water!