Wisconsin is a water rich state, with high quality lakes, streams, and abundant groundwater. However, many people in Wisconsin are concerned about the quality and source of their drinking water, as well as the status of their favorite stream, spring, or lake. It’s no wonder why:
- About 1.2 quadrillion gallons of water lie underground in Wisconsin, enough water to cover the state to a depth of 90-100 feet.
- Every day, Wisconsinites withdraw about 800 million gallons of groundwater from private and municipal wells.
- The average person uses 63 gallons of water a day.
- Industries and commercial businesses draw over 106 million gallons of groundwater each day from their own wells and use about 150 million gallons more provided by municipal water systems.
- A dairy cow producing 100 pounds of milk each day slurps 45 gallons of water to wet her whistle; there are more than 1.2 million dairy cows in Wisconsin.
- A meal of a quarter-pound hamburger, fries and a soda takes 1,400 gallons of water to produce; a gallon of gas for your car requires six gallons of water.