Water Treatment Plant

City of Jackson

Facts About Water

  • The first municipal water filtration plant opened in Paisley, Scotland in 1832.
  • Public water suppliers process 38 billion gallons of water per day for domestic and public use.
  • Approximately 1 million miles of pipelines and aquaducts carry water in the U.S. and Canada. That's enough to circle the Earth 40 times.
  • In 1974, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • More than 13 million households get their water from private wells and are responsible for treating and pumping water themselves.
  • Each person uses about 100 gallons of water a day at home.
  • The average five minute shower takes between 15 and 25 gallons of water.
  • You can refill an 8 oz. glass of water approximately 15,000 times for the same cost as a six pack of soda pop.
  • One gallon of water weighs approximately 8.34 pounds.
  • One inch of rainfall drops 7,000 gallons, or nearly 30 tons of water on a 60' x 180' piece of land.
  • If every household in America had a faucet that dripped once each second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away.
  • A dairy cow must drink four gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk.
  • A person should consume 2 1/2 quarts of water per day (from all sources of water, food, etc.) to maintain health.
  • You can survive a month without food but only 5 to 7 days without water.
  • Water makes up almost 66% of the human body and 70% of the brain.