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Water & Sewer Facts
An Essential Service for Our Community

  • Between January 2002 and December 2002, approximately 2.4 billion gallons of water was pumped, treated and delivered to customers of Okaloosa County Water and Sewer. This amount would fill the Okaloosa County Water Administration building 87,000 times! The department serves over 34,000 customers through over 500 miles of pipeline.

  • Between January and December of 2000, approximately 1.84 billion gallons of wastewater was treated. This is the equivalent to filling a football field nearly one mile deep.

  • There are more than 56,000 community water systems providing water to the public in the United States. These public water suppliers process 38 billion gallons of water per day for domestic and public use.

  • Approximately 1 million miles of pipelines and aqueducts carry water in the United States and Canada. That's enough to circle the earth 40 times.

  • About 800,000 water wells are drilled each year in the United States for domestic, farming, commercial and water testing purposes.

  • Typically, households consume at least 50% of their water by lawn sprinkling. Inside the house, toilets consume the most water, with an average of 27 gallons per person per day.

  • In 1974, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act to ensure that drinking water is safe for human consumption. The Act requires public water systems (including OCWS) to monitor and treat drinking water for safety. Implementation of the 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act is producing a flurry of new or tightened regulatory standards.

  • The average daily requirement for fresh water in the United States is about 40 billion gallons a day, with about 300 billion gallons used untreated for agriculture and commercial purposes.

Jeff Littrell,
1804 Lewis Turner Boulevard
Suite 300
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Phone: (850) 651-7171
Fax: (850) 651-7193

Emergency phone during non-business hours: (850) 651-7174