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How much water is used by people in the United States?

Since 1950, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has collected and analyzed water-use data for the United States and Territories. The is the main webpage for the USGS Water Use Program. This page is the access point to the water-use data that is assessed every five years. In these assessments, the movement of water from the resource and through the anthropogenic systems is cataloged and include: withdrawals, use by category, losses, and return flows.  The water-use categories include agricultural, domestic, commercial, industrial, mining, thermoelectric power, and other selected categories. These categories are identified as withdrawals from surface water and groundwater sources, as well as fresh water and saline water. Additionally, the categories are assessed by public supplies and self supplies. In 2005, 25,600 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) was publicly-supplied withdrawals were for domestic water uses, while 3,830 Mgal/d were self-supplied domestic withdrawals. The total water withdrawn in the United States and Territories for 2005 for all categories was 410,000 Mgal/d.    

Learn more: "Selected Water-Use Bibliography for the United States"


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