What is the source of my drinking water?
If you live in a large city, you probably drink water that comes from lakes, rivers, or reservoirs. Sometimes these sources are close to your community. Other times, drinking water suppliers get their water from sources many miles away. If you live in a rural area, you are more likely to drink ground water that was pumped from a well. These wells tap into aquifers--the natural reservoirs under the earth's surface--that may be only a few miles wide, or may span the borders of many states. As with surface water, activities many miles away from you may affect the quality of ground water. Your annual drinking water quality report will tell you where your water supplier gets your water.
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