Water Use in the United States
(source: Maupin, M.A., Kenny, J.F., Hutson, S.S., Lovelace, J.K., Barber, N.L., and Linsey, K.S., 2014, Estimated use of water in the United States in 2010: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1405, 56 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1405/.)
Total withdrawals for all categories of use in 2010 were estimated to be 355 Bgal/d, a level of withdrawal not reported since before 1970. Total withdrawals in 2010 were 13 percent less than in 2005, causing an abrupt downward shift to the mostly steady trend exhibited since 1985.
Significant declines occurred in the largest categories of use, including thermoelectric power, irrigation, public supply, and industrial. Categories with larger withdrawals in 2010 than in 2005 were mining and aquaculture, but these categories are small and increased total withdrawals for those categories of use did not offset the much larger overall decrease of 54 Bgal/d from the other uses.