OHIO Water usage
■ 8.7 billion gallons a day used in Ohio for all purposes. Water comes from surface and underground sources.
■ 6.5 billion gallons a day, or 75 percent of Ohio’s daily consumption, is used by electric power plants.
■ 5.2 billion gallons a year is the estimated amount needed for well fracturing.
■ 2 million to 6 million gallons needed to drill one well. (First wells required 5 million to 6 million.)
Household of four people typically consumes 109,500 gallons a year. The process of fracking one well could consume the equivalent of 50 households over a year.
The city of Akron typically uses 34.66 million gallons of water a day from its reservoirs. That’s enough water to frack six wells.
If Ohio’s quest for natural gas plays out over the next 20 to 40 years, it is estimated that 120 billion to 200 billion gallons of water could be needed, or more than Akron is likely to deliver to customers in nearly 95 years.
Water used for fracking generally is polluted in the process and is injected deep into the earth for disposal, thus removing it from the earth’s hydrological cycle.