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%