2015 Water Use Data Now Available
Estimated 2015 water-use data is now available in a variety of formats.
USGS News Release | USGS Publications (Circular , Fact Sheet)
USGS ScienceBase-Catalog | National Water Information System (NWIS)
Maps: Freshwater Use 1950 - 2015 | Water Use by Category/State/County
Estimated total U.S. freshwater use for 2015, declined slightly from 2010, and remains below the peak use in 1980. (Interactive Graph)
Georgia, North and South Carolina followed the national trend of declining freshwater use:
Freshwater Use, million gallons per day (Mgal/d)
Georgia 4,271 3,045
North Carolina 9,287 7,678
South Carolina 6,644 6,037
Water use in the Georgia, North and South Carolina, along with the eastern half of the country, is predominately used for Thermoelectric cooling and steam generation. Public supply, irrigation and industrial account for the majority of the remaining water use.