About 3.7 million people live in Kentucky, of which 1.9 million (52 percent) live in urban areas (roughly defined as any community with 2,500 or more people) and 1.8 million (48 percent) live in rural areas (University of Kentucky, 1993). Figure 1 summarizes sources of drinking water for Kentucky residents. About 70 percent of Kentuckians get their daily supply of water from surface-water sources - lakes and streams; about 25 percent get their water from ground-water wells; and about 5 percent get their water from other sources - springs, cisterns, ponds, or hauled water.
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The program was funded in part by the 319 Nonpoint Source Water Quality program.
Carey, Daniel I.; Dinger, James S.; Davidson, O. Barton; Sergeant, Richard E.; Taraba, Joseph L.; Ilvento, Thomas W.; Coleman, Steve; Boone, Rayetta; and Knoth, Laura M., "Quality of Private Ground-Water Supplies in Kentucky" (1993). Kentucky Geological Survey Information Circular. 51.