In the following example, assume that input = output and ART= S/F, where S = size of reservoir/waterbody and F = rate of transfer (discharge) within it.
-Stream A consists of 1,000 m3 of water, and it discharges 50 m3/hour
-Lake B consists of 150,000 m3of water, and it discharges 200 m3/hour
-River C consists of 10,000 m3of water, and it discharges 100 m3/hour
-Aquifer D consists of 50,000 m3of water, and it discharges 50 m3/hour
If _________became contaminated with 500 m3of oil-based paint, it would be the fastest of the four bodies of water to cleanse itself as a running waterbody. In contrast, if __________ was used for irrigation and overused (over half depleted) as a source of water, it would be the slowest to recover its total volume.