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1 U.S. Geological Survey, Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 1995, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1200. Denver, Colorado. 1995 (PDF)Exit EPA Disclaimer
2Total sales for bottled beverages in 2001 were obtained from the Beverage Digest Fact Book 2002, Beverage Digest CompanyExit EPA Disclaimer, Bedford Hills, NY. Total retail sales in 2001 for carbonated, non-carbonated, and bottled water was $82 billion. Dividing $82 billion by 116 million households in the U.S. (obtained from U.S. Census informationExit EPA Disclaimer) yields spending of $707 per household per year. These calculations were made by Holly Stallworth, Ph.D., EPA Office of Water economist.
Raftelis Financial Consulting 2004 Water and Wastewater Rate SurveyExit EPA Disclaimer reports an average of $523 per household per year for combined water and sewer bills.

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