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WATERSRC
Source of water

Description

WATERSRC reports the source of the housing unit's water supply, and whether the unit supplied its own water via an individual well or was attached to a larger public or private system. A "public system" or "private company" is any public or private system or well serving 6 or more units. An "individual well" serves 5 or fewer units and may be located on either the unit's property or an adjacent property. "Other source" includes water from springs, creeks, rivers, or cisterns.

In 1960, not all households received this question, and only 80 percent of cases outside cities with 50,000+ residents in the IPUMS include the question. Such cases accurately represent proportional distributions but not correct absolute numbers. See SAMP1960 for instructions on making appropriate corrections to derive absolute numbers for the total population outside cities with 50,000+ residents.

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Comparability

This variable is essentially comparable across years. The 1980 and 1990 censuses distinguished between drilled and hand-dug individual wells.

Universe

  • 1960: Not group quarters, not in cities with 50,000+ residents; 80 percent of cases (see SAMP1960).
  • 1970-1990: Not group quarters.

Availability

United States
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  • 1990: All samples
  • 1980: All samples
  • 1970: 1% state fm2; 1% metro fm2; 1% neigh fm2
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  • 1990: All samples
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Flags

QWATERSR 

Editing Procedure

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