How much is 10 million gallons of water?

We’ve seen that modern hydraulic fracturing permanently poisons over 10 million gallons of water per well drilled — it’s a staggeringly large number that is hard to grasp. Here are some comparisons to give you a better idea of “how much” is in 10 million gallons of water.

500 standard swimming pools.
A standard swimming pool holds around 20,000 gallons of water.

6,250,000 toilet flushes.
A typical toilet flush uses 1.6 gallons of water.

138 Colorado homes’ use of water for an entire year.
The EPA estimates each American uses 82 gallons of water a day at home, for a total of 29,200 gallons per year. The average Colorado household size is 2.6 people per family.

9.64 square miles of lawn covered with 1″ of water.
You could cover 6,171 acres, or 9.64 square miles of lawn with 1 inch of water.

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One Reply to “How much is 10 million gallons of water?”

  1. This is getting better as far as comparisons. Better yet: put the numbers into 3D graphics comparing produced water to number of families use per year….& then people will start to ‘get the picture’…

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