U.S. Geological Survey

Estimated use of water in the United States in 1990.
Mining Water Use


                       Table 21.  Mining water use by water-resources region, 1990
     [Figures may not add to totals because of independent rounding.  All values in million gallons per day]
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                                                       WITHDRAWALS
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                                      By source and type                                           CONSUMPTIVE USE
                       ---------------------------------------------            Total
   REGION                   Ground water           Surface water 
                       ---------------------   ---------------------    ----------------------   ----------------------
                       Fresh  Saline   Total   Fresh   Saline  Total     Fresh  Saline   Total   Fresh   Saline  Total
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New England              1.3     0.0      1.3     19      0.0     19       20       0.0     20      2.2    0.0      2.2
Mid Atlantic           210       1.0    211      176     29      205      387      30      416     58     23       81
South Atlantic-Gulf    384       9.1    393       53      0       53      437       9.1    446     23      3.3     26
Great Lakes             22       1.2     23      227      6.5    233      249       7.7    257     64      2.0     66
Ohio                   784      22      806      218       .6    219    1,000      22    1,020    509     22      530

Tennessee 25 0 25 67 0 67 92 0 92 9.6 0 9.6 Upper Mississippi 11 4.2 15 143 0 143 154 4.2 158 28 4.2 33 Lower Mississippi 7.9 0 7.9 32 0 32 40 0 40 6.1 0 6.1 Souris-Red-Rainy .2 0 .2 8.0 0 8.0 8.2 0 8.2 .4 0 .4 Missouri Basin 96 37 134 182 0 182 279 37 316 44 2.7 47

Arkansas-White-Red 49 291 340 25 0 25 74 291 365 30 0 30 Texas-Gulf 84 399 482 47 0 47 130 399 529 121 0 121 Rio Grande 65 39 104 1.5 0 1.5 66 39 105 42 0 42 Upper Colorado 39 28 67 12 0 12 51 28 79 22 1.4 24 Lower Colorado 139 .6 140 30 .2 30 170 .7 170 130 .7 131

Great Basin 77 17 94 5.7 93 98 83 110 192 57 105 162 Pacific Northwest 5.0 0 5.0 10 0 10 15 0 15 2.5 0 2.5 California 15 310 324 7.0 .4 7.4 22 310 332 6.5 225 231 Alaska 4.3 48 52 20 308 329 25 357 381 .2 3.6 3.8 Hawaii 1.4 0 1.4 0 0 0 1.4 0 1.4 1.2 0 1.2 Caribbean 1.9 0 1.9 .7 0 .7 2.6 0 2.6 .8 0 .8 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total 2,020 1,210 3,240 1,280 438 1,720 3,310 1,650 4,960 1,160 393 1,550 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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