We Are In This Together
80 percent starts as snowmelt from the Feather River watershed on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada.
10 percent of the water that travels to our taps comes from a local watershed, stored in Lake Del Valle.
And 10 percent of water from groundwater, such as Arroyo Del Valle.
Household usage: On average, 17% goes toward showering, 27% is used by the toilet, your faucet drains 15%, your clothes washer another 22%, miscellaneous needs take up 5%, and those pesky leaks steal another 14%.
Sixty-one percent of Americans rely on lakes, rivers, and streams as their source of drinking water. The other 39% rely on groundwater—water located underground in aquifers and wells.
4% of US energy is used for transporting, treating, and pumping water. 349 billion gallons of freshwater are withdrawn every day in the United States.