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How much water was used in Massachusetts in 2015?

Massachusetts water use in 2015.

In 2015, approximately 1,406 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) of water was withdrawn from groundwater and surface-water sources in Massachusetts. Total water withdrawals between 1990 and 2015 are on steady decline (-75 percent).

  • Surface water withdrawals totaled  1,027 Mgal/d (73 % of total) 
  • Groundwater withdrawals totaled 379 Mgal/d (27 % of total)
  • Freshwater withdrawals were 918 Mgal/d (65 % of total)
  • Saline water withdrawals were 488 Mgal/d (35 % of total)

Massachusetts Total Water Withdrawals in 2015 by Category (Values in Mgal/day)

  • Public Supply—648
  • Thermoelectric—536
  • Irrigation—139
  • Domestic—35
  • Industrial—28
  • Mining—10
  • Aquaculture—7
  • Livestock—1
Massachusetts Total Water Use by category in 2015
Massachusetts Total Water Use by category in 2015 

Massachusetts Public Water Supply Withdrawals in 2015 by County

MA County Groundwater (Mgal/d) Surface Water (Mgal/d) Total (Mgal/d)
Barnstable 29.84 2.00 31.84
Berkshire 2.97 11.36 14.33
Bristol 15.66 10.94 26.60
Dukes 3.07 0.00 3.07
Essex 7.47 69.68 77.15
Franklin 3.73 0.00 3.73
Hampden 8.18 37.20 45.38
Hampshire 6.06 12.03 18.09
Middlesex 37.72 32.54 70.26
Nantucket 2.00 0.00 2.00
Norfolk 28.33 7.55 35.88
Plymouth 28.00 40.09 68.09
Suffolk 0.00 0.00 0.00
Worcester 23.63 228.01 251.64
Total 196.66 451.40 648.06

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