Water Use in South Dakota

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Water Use in South Dakota

The U.S. Geological Survey collects and disseminates data on water use in South Dakota and the Nation through the National Water-Use Information Program. National water-use information, which includes water-use estimates for the State of South Dakota, has been published every five years since 1950. General water-use information and data used to compile national reports since 1985 are available from the National Water Use HomePage. Data are grouped by major water-use category such as irrigation or public-supply.

Laundry
Domestic water use includes water forhousehold purposes, such as washing clothes.
Irrigation
Irrigation is the largest use of water in South Dakota.Irrigationwithdrawals during 2005 totaled about 292 million gallons per day.
Dishes
Public water systems served about 666,210 people or about 86 percent of South Dakota's population in 2005.
Stock
Livestock water use in South Dakota occurred in every county in 2005. Cattle are the predominant livestock raised in South Dakota.