Lanai Water Cycle

The Water Cycle is the journey of water as it circulates from land to sky and back. The sun evaporates water from the Earth’s surface (oceans, lakes, etc.). Plants also lose water to the air. Water vapor condenses forming into clouds. When clouds meet cool air over land, it begins to rain and water returns to the land or sea. Some rain soaks into the ground. Some underground water is trapped between rock or clay layers (called groundwater), but most water flows downhill as runoff (above ground or underground), eventually returning to the sea.

1. Precipitation
Water cycle starts with rainfall or fog drip.

2. Infiltration
Water permeates through rocks and soil into the aquifers.

3. Storage
Water collects in the aquifers.

4. Usage
Water is drawn up through wells for distribution