A hand pump can draw water out of a well to the surface.

Sketch of kids using a pump to withdraw groundwater from a well

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Using a pump to draw water out of the ground

These kids probably think there is some kind of magic happening here ... they pull down a lever and out of the ground below their feet comes clear, cool freshwater. They may not realize that there is an immense amount of water in aquifers below the earth's surface. In fact, there is a hundred times more water in the ground than is in all the world's rivers and lakes.

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Image Dimensions: 289 x 269

Location Taken: US