Water Facts

Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water supplies are available for human consumption. 

60% of an adult’s body is water; 78% of a newborn’s body is water. 

Water is the original health beverage - it contains no fat, calories or cholesterol. 

Watershed We work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure you have a ready supply of high quality drinking water. We operate and maintain 3 water treatment plants, 27 pump stations, 38 water storage tanks, 3,572 miles of water lines and nearly 27,000 hydrants. 

CDPU delivers over 51 billion gallons of water a year to 1.25 million people. In an average day, 141 million gallons of water is pumped throughout the city with average usage of over 112 gallons per person per day. 

watershed(JPG, 361KB) is an area of land that drains all water to a common basin, stream, river or lake. Central Ohio Watershed Map(PDF, 12MB)  

Urbanization and increases in impervious surfaces (hard, non-porous) are significant threats to the protection of high-quality drinking water sources & aquatic habitats. You can take many simple steps at home to protect our water supply. See “Keep It Clean” for more information. 

Benefits of protecting our watershed include: quality drinking water sources, clean rivers for recreation, healthy habitat for plants, fish and animals.