How Much Water? Your Daily Math Quiz

So how much water is in a Cubic Foot?

When Lycott Environmental assessed the condition of Flannagan Pond the other day, they concluded that the pond had risen 12-18 inches in a day!  If you’re a guy like me, who counts ceiling tiles lying in bed, then I know you’re curious too.

So let’s begin with this fact:  there are 7.48 gallons of water per cubic foot.

There are 43,560 square feet per acre; so 7.48 gallons, times 43,560 is 325,828.8 gallons per acre.

Flannagan Pond is about 85 acres, times 325,828.8 is 27,695,448 Gallons of Water.  Now that assumes 12 inches of water level; if it was 18 inches then we add 50% and we get 41,543,172.  So there you go, in a 24-hour period, Flannagan Pond took on somewhere between 27 and 41 Million Gallons of water.

Well it’s 12:30 a.m. and I am tired, so I am retiring for the evening.  While I’m drinking my morning coffee, I’ll count the terra cotta floor tiles in the kitchen.

Chuck

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About saveourpond

I am a lifelong resident of Ayer who lives on Flanagan's Pond.
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One Response to How Much Water? Your Daily Math Quiz

  1. A Sportsman says:

    AND using that same math one should be able to estimate when the incident took place. Wouldn’t the limiting factor be the culvert under Oak Ridge drive and using its size, how long it would take 27 or 41 million gallons of water to enter the pond. But the way, I was standing at waters edge on Sunday evening and it was at the low stage and then again on Monday evening at the high point and I suggest the pond rose about 12″.

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