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Water Facts

Here are a few water facts* to quench your interest:

  • Seventy-five percent of rainfall which falls in California meets eighty percent of California's needs.
  • California receives about 193 million acre feet of water each year as precipitation (rain and snow).
  • An acre foot of water equals about 326,000 gallons, or enough water to cover an acre of land about the size of a football field, one foot deep.
  • The earth's water supply consist of :
    97.2% Salt Water
    2.8% Fresh Water
    (0.6% Ground Water
    0.01% Lakes and Streams
    2.2% Glaciers and Icecaps
    0.001% Water Vapor)
  • An average Californian household uses between one-half and one-acre foot of water per year for indoor and outdoor use.
  • The Los Angeles Aqueduct, carrying water from the Owens Valley, helped the city grow from a population of 214,000 in 1905 to 3.5 million today
  • The amount of water contaminated by 1 quart of oil is approximately 250,000 gallons.

*Source: Water Education Foundation.

Local Water Facts:

  • All of Folsom's water is provided by Folsom Lake
  • Folsom's Water Treatment Plant has a capacity of 50 million gallons per day
  • Over 50% of our treated water is used outdoors
  • The average homeowner overwaters by 100%

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