Groundwater Availability and Use

Science Center Objects

The USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center helps water providers assess the availability of groundwater for use in homes, on farms, and in industrial activities. 

 

Picture of a pump and plumbing configuration used by public water systems.

Example of a pump and plumbing configureation used by public water systems. About 105 million people—or more than one-third of the Nation's population—receive their drinking water from one of the 140,000 public water systems across the United States that rely on groundwater pumped from public wells.

(Credit: Roland Tollett, USGS. Public domain.)