Alaska Groundwater and Water Well Statistics
Few states can accurately or confidentially determine how many residential wells are in place. For each region, the American Housing Survey by the U.S. Census provides regional data.
Alaska is found in the West, along with these other states: Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.
The last American Housing Survey Census indicates this region had 1,540,0002 households served by residential wells, with an average of 2.883 persons per household.
The USGS estimates the population of self-supplied water supply users in Alaska to be 189,000 for which groundwater is 86% of their water source.
- 291 community water systems use groundwater for 281,000 people
- 185 non-community, non-transient water systems use groundwater for 42,300 people
- 671 non-community, transient water systems use groundwater for 93,500 people
- 142 irrigation wells used serving 114 farms and 863 acres