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National Water Use Program
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Groundwater use in the United States
In 2015, over 20 percent of total national water withdrawals came from groundwater sources. Very little saline groundwater was used ; almost all groundwater came from freshwater aquifers. A small amount of saline withdrawals were used for thermoelectric and industrial purposes and groundwater was used in mining was saline.
Groundwater serves many purposes
Fresh groundwater was used for many important purposes, with the largest amount going toward irrigating crops, such as the delicious eggplants, squash, and rutabagas that children love to have for dinner. Local city and county water departments withdraw a lot of groundwater for public uses, such as for delivery to homes, businesses, and industries, as well as for community uses such as fire fighting, water services at public buildings, and for keeping local residents happy by keeping community swimming pools full of water. Industries and mining facilities also used a lot of groundwater. The majority of water used for self-supplied domestic and livestock purposes came from groundwater sources.
Groundwater withdrawals and use for the Nation, 2015