Drinking Water & Wells

Residential Water Use Drinking Water & Water Wells

Drinking Water & Wells

How much do you really know about the water you drink every day? Where does it come from? Is it safe to drink? Is a home water treatment system necessary? How can drinking water be protected? Explore this section for more detailed information that will help you answer questions or solve problems you may have.

Efficient Indoor Water Use

Most people in the U.S. use 60 to 100 gallons of water per person per day. See the following Nebraska Extension publications to learn how to use water most efficiently in your home.

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Emergency Drinking Water Supply

Nebraska's abundant domestic water supply is generally taken for granted. However some situations can reduce the availability of safe drinking water, including tornadoes, floods, winter storms, or even earthquakes. Such disasters may interrupt the water supply for only a few hours or up to several days. In these situations an emergency water supply is helpful, if not essential.

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Bottled Water

An increasing number of Nebraskans are using bottled water or vended water as their primary source of drinking water. When choosing between bottled, tap, and vended water, consider that each has advantages and disadvantages.

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Water Wells

A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report included information on about 2,100 domestic wells in 48 states, including wells in Nebraska. As many as 219 water quality properties and contaminants were measured in the study. Overall, more than 20 percent of private domestic wells sampled nationwide contained at least one contaminant at levels of potential health concern. Understanding your drinking water system and taking steps to protect the quality of your water supply will help protect you and your family.

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NebGuides

A collection of NebGuides developed by Nebraska Extension professionals on various drinking water topics.

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