Learn more about the water you drink -- everything from the molecules that form this amazing liquid, to the many different ways it powers our economy and businesses, to how much water it takes to make a hamburger, fries and a soda.
Sources: Wisconsin Public Service Commission, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Every day millions of Wisconsinites experience something amazing and likely never think twice about it. We turn on our faucets, drink from a water fountain, or brew beer and without effort are provided with safe drinking water.
That's remarkable in a world where 1 billion people still must walk on average 3.5 miles to get water, and don't know if it's safe to drink. That's why we celebrate National Drinking Water Week every year.
We owe our safe drinking water to the men and women who work behind the scenes to deliver it to us -- local waterworks operators, public utilities, county health officials, state drinking water and groundwater staff, association staff, testing laboratories and consultants, to name a few.
Let's raise a glass to recognize their efforts, and show our appreciation for the convenience and assurance their work brings to our daily lives and businesses.
Wisconsin is viewed as a national model for the amount and accessibility of drinking water information provided to water consumers. Check out these resources for the statewide picture - or to zero in on your own water supply.
Lead can enter drinking water through the corrosion of your home's plumbing materials and water lines connecting your home to a water main. For more information about how you can protect yourself and your family, visit the drinking water and lead webpage.
Two-thirds of Wisconsin residents get their drinking water from groundwater. One-third of Wisconsin residents get their drinking water from surface water supplies such as Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Winnebago.
Operations that withdraw more than 100,000 gallons of water a day are required to report their usage and are starting to give Wisconsin important information on how much water we collectively use. See the breakdowns by major uses.