Groundwater Pump & Well FAQs

We all must drink water to survive, and to survive we must know about the water we drink. This is a new series brought to you by Groundwater Pump & Well. It asks questions about water and gives you some answers as well.

Q: Is my water safe to drink?

A: A definite answer for countries as large as the United States is impossible of course, but for the most part, “YES”. Nearly all public water supplies in the United States, meet the US Environmental Protection Agency standards. If you are on well water, you are your own water company and you are responsible to make sure your water is safe to drink. Hire a licensed contractor to perform a certified potable water test on a regular basis.

Q: What activity uses the most water

A: Toilet flushing is by far the largest single use of water in a home. Without counting lawn watering, typical percentages of water use for a family of four are:

  • Toilet Flushing – 40%
  • Bath and shower – 32%
  • Laundry – 14%
  • Dishwashing – 6%
  • Cooking and drinking – 5%
  • Bathroom sink – 3%

TIP: Install a low gallon toilet