Water Use in the United States


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Water Use in the United States

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Use Information Program is responsible for compiling and disseminating the nation's water-use data. The USGS works in cooperation with local, State, and Federal environmental agencies to collect water-use information. USGS compiles these data to produce water-use information aggregated at the county, state, and national levels. Every five years, data at the county level are compiled into a national water-use data system and state-level data are published in a national circular. Over the history of these circulars, the water-use categories have had some changes.

Goals of the Water Use Program

  • Analyze the source, use, and disposition of water resources at local, state, and national levels
  • Reply to water-use information requests from the public
  • Document trends in water use in the United States
  • Cooperate with state and local agencies on projects of special interest
  • Develop water-use data bases
  • Publish local, state, and national water-use data reports

Bullet Reports


Bullet Progress Toward Establishing a National Assessment of Water Availability and Use
Bullet Comparison of consumptive use and renewable water supply by water-resources region

Bullet Selected bibliography of USGS water-use reports by State
Bullet Handbook for collecting water-use data

Bullet If you have questions about water use in a specific State, please send e-mail to the USGS Water Use contact for that State. If you have questions about water use in the United States, please contact the Water-Use Information Team.

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