How does water move?
Gravity keeps moving water downhill. This is why the water in aquifers
and watersheds doesn't just stay there.
Groundwater flows underground until it reaches a reservoir, river, or even
the ocean. It flows through holes between rocks, dirt, and
sand. Sometimes it seeps out of the ground and becomes
surface water. Both surface and groundwater flow into bodies of
water that add to our drinking water supply.
When it rains, water moves in lots of directions.
It sinks into the dirt and flows through spaces between sand, gravel, and
rock until it reaches another body of water [groundwater]. It also
rains over bodies of water and the water is added that way. Rain
also can be runoff. Runoff is the water that 'runs off' of mall
parking lots, houses, and roads [surface water]. You will see this
when it is filling up gutters and storm drains. This is water on the
There are two things that help water move closer to
your home. They are:
lake-like places that hold the water until it is transported to
other water companies or to people who buy it.
structures that are used to move water from one place to another.
We are tracing the path of how water
gets to your home. This is where we split up.
||For anyone having town
water: Visit the reservoirs page
next. This is the next step in your path.
||For anyone having well water:
Visit the Well page since your home taps
into the groundwater on your property.
Go to Reservoirs
Go to Aqueducts
Go to Water in the Home