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Survey: Census 1980
Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Table: T121. Source Of Water [6]
Universe: Year-Round Housing Units
Table Details
T121. Source Of Water
Universe: Year-Round Housing Units
Variable Label
Relevant Documentation:
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; Census of Population and Housing, 1980: Summary Tape File 3 [machine-readable data file] / conducted By the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Washington: Bureau of the Census [producer and distributor], 1982.
Water, Source Of
Source of the water used by the occupants or intended occupants of the housing unit, ascertained for occupied and vacant housing units. This item was asked on a sample basis.

Public system or private company
A common source supplying running water to six or more housing units. The water may be supplied by a city or county water department, a water district, a private water company, etc., or it may be obtained from a well which supplies six or more housing units.

Individual well
Water obtained from a well on the property of the unit being numerated or on a neighboring property providing water to five or fewer housing units. The well water may be hand drawn, wind drawn, or engine drawn; piped or not piped; stored in tanks; or used directly from the well.

A well generally made with a mechanical drilling rig and less than 1 1/2 feet in diameter. Drilled wells include artisian (natural spring) wells.

Dug well
A well generally hand dug and wider than 1 1/2 feet in diameter.

Some other source
Water obtained from springs, creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, cisterns, or other sources not listed, but not from a public system, private company, or well.

Historical comparability
Similar data were collected in 1960 and 1970; in 1960, however, data were collected only outside cities with 50,000 or more persons. The distinction between drilled wells and dug wells is new for 1980.