Skip to main content


Section 8
Water Supplies

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Section 8: Water Supplies.


Investigate

For more information about the water supply in your community, visit the following web sites:

Locate Your Local Water Utility, American Water Works Association
Select your state from the scroll down list. You will be taken to a new page. Click on your county or municipality to open the local water quality report. You may have to do some searching to find the actual report.

Local Drinking Water Information, EPA
Click on your state to be taken to a new page that gives an overview of your state's drinking water and links to additional information. To view your water quality report, click on the "water quality report" link to view a list of reports that are available online.

Back To Top

Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about the first American reservoirs and groundwater systems, visit the following web site:

    Water in Colorado - A Brief History, The Water Information Program
    Examines the history of the planning, construction and implementation of numerous water diversion and storage projects in the western United States.

  2. To learn more about the first American reservoirs and groundwater systems, visit the following web site:

    Water in Colorado - A Brief History, The Water Information Program
    Examines the history of the planning, construction and implementation of numerous water diversion and storage projects in the western United States.

  3. To learn more about water supplies in desert cities, visit the following web sites:

    Las Vegas, Neveda, Gambling with water in the desert, USGS
    Looks at the history of water use and supply in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Where does your water come from?, City of Phoenix
    Overview of the water supply system for the city of Phoenix, Arizona.

  4. To learn more about rainfall in countries around the world, visit the following web sites:

    World Temperature/Precipitation Data, Queens College of The City University of New York
    Provides precipitation data for locations throughout the world.

    Worldclimate, Worldclimate.com
    Examine climate data for locations throughout the world, including precipitation data.

    Weatherbase, Weatherbase
    Summarizes weather data for locations throughout the world.

Back To Top

Resources

To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

Surface Water

Natural Processes of Groundwater and Surface water Interaction: The Hydrologic Cycle and Interactions of Ground Water and Surface Water, USGS
Reviews the basics of the water cycle, with a focus on the movement of water between and within ground and surface water reservoirs. Includes several full color illustrations.  

Introduction to the Clean Water Act, EPA
Reviews the Clean Water Act and threats to the nation's surface water reservoirs. Also includes a FAQ section with advice on finding more information.

Groundwater

Hydrogeology, EPA
Introduces concepts of hydrogeology, which involves the study of water below the Earth's surface. Click on links to find more information and images on what groundwater is, what an aquifer is, how water moves underground, and more.

About Groundwater, International Association of Hydrogeologists
Provides an explanation of hydrogeology as a science. Links at the bottom of the page provide information and images to review groundwater as a resource, pollution threats to groundwater, and steps that can be taken to protect groundwater supplies.

Ground Water Atlas of the United States, USGS
Click on your region of the map to open a new window that will contain links to a summary of groundwater in the area and information about each of the primary aquifers in that region.

Desalination

Thirsty? How 'bout a cool, refreshing cup of seawater?, USGS
Reviews the basics of the desalination process and how desalination can be used as a water resource.

Desalination – Producing Potable Water,  California Natural Resources Agency
Covers the steps of the desalination process used to assure that water is safe to drink. Also looks at the costs and energy demands of desalination processes.

Natural Fluctuations in Water Resources

Natural Processes of Groundwater and Surface water Interaction: The Hydrologic Cycle and Interactions of Ground Water and Surface Water, USGS
Reviews the basics of the water cycle, with a focus on the movement of water between and within ground and surface water reservoirs.  

Challenges and Opportunities, USGS
Discusses the issues related to water management and policy, including water supply, water quality, and characteristics of aquatic environments.

Water on Tap: What You Need to Know, EPA
Provides information on a variety of topics related to drinking water, including the quality of drinking water in the U.S., where water comes from, how much drinking water is used in the typical home, the future of water resources in the U.S., and steps that can be taken to protect the nation's drinking water.

Water-Managing a National Resource, USGS
Reviews steps the USGS takes to be efficient in managing the nation's water supply.

Back To Top