Oklahoma Water Science Center

Water Use and Availability

The U.S. Geological Survey established the National Water-Use Information Program in 1977 to collect uniform, current, and reliable information on water use. The USGS has compiled national estimates every 5 years since 1950. The most recent national water use compilation is for 2010. The Oklahoma Water Science Center of the USGS and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board participate in a cooperative program to collect and publish water-use information for Oklahoma. Data contained in this web page were made available through the cooperative program.

Water-use data for the 2015 has been published.
Estimated use of water in the United States in 2015
For inquiries please contact Carol Becker.

Information Resources
Water Use in the United States
Glossary of Water-Use Terms
National Handbook on Water Data Acquistion

Download Oklahoma Water-Use Data

Filter Total Items: 25
Date published: February 14, 2019
Status: Active

Hydrologic Summary for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Jurisdictional Area

The objectives of this proposed project are to compile and evaluate existing data and reports from the USGS, other government agencies, and tribes to summarize the types of data that have been collected in the area and identify gaps in those data. Such analysis will provide a comprehensive background document of geographic, hydrologic, and environmental features of the area and will identify...

Contacts: Carol Becker
Date published: August 2, 2017
Status: Active

Green Infrastructure, CECs, and Geochemistry in Urban Stormwater Runoff used to Recharge Groundwater

This national project is a joint effort between the USGS and EPA looking at contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in urban stormwater runoff that is infiltrated into the subsurface or likely to be infiltrated in the future.

Phase I of the project aims to provide a broad-scale assessment of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) and basic composition of water chemistry in urban...

Contacts: Jason Masoner
Date published: July 12, 2017
Status: Completed

Groundwater Monitoring on Fort Sill Apache Tribal Lands

This USGS investigation will examine the hydraulic properties of the Rush Springs aquifer underlying Fort Sill Apache tribal lands to determine their potential for groundwater development. The information gathered from this investigation will assist the Fort Sill Apache Tribe in identifying well locations with optimal long-term pumping capacity and water quality.

Contacts: Leland Fuhrig
Date published: June 9, 2017
Status: Active

Water Budget Analysis of the Pawnee Tribe Jurisdictional Area in Payne County, OK

The objective of this proposed project is to construct an annual water budget for the Cimarron River alluvial aquifer between USGS streamgages Cimarron River near Ripley, OK and a proposed new USGS streamgage. Components of the water budget (precipitation, [runoff], evapotranspiration, stream base flow, bedrock lateral flow, and groundwater pumping) will be calculated for the 2017 water year (...

Date published: June 9, 2017
Status: Active

Black Bear Creek Watershed Hydrologic Summary for the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma

The objectives of this project are to compile, summarize, and analyze available data and reports from the Pawnee Nation, the USGS, and other government agencies. The final report of the analysis will provide a comprehensive background document for geographic, hydrologic, and environmental features of the area and will identify gaps in available data that need to be filled for the Pawnee Nation...

Date published: June 9, 2017
Status: Completed

Tonkawa Tribe Groundwater Survey

The objective of this study is to analyze the alluvial aquifer of the Chikaskia River to determine the potential for additional groundwater resources for the Tonkawa Tribe’s water supply. This investigation will examine the depth, lithology, hydraulic properties, and general water quality of the Chikaskia River alluvial aquifer.

Contacts: Nicole Paizis
Date published: June 9, 2017
Status: Completed

Neosho, Spring, and Elk Rivers Bathymetry

In support of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing process, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Grand River Dam Authority, performed bathymetric surveys of (1) the Neosho River from the Oklahoma border to the U.S. Highway 60 bridge at Twin Bridges State Park, (2) the Spring River from the Oklahoma border to the U.S. Highway 60 bridge at Twin Bridges State Park,...

Contacts: Shelby Hunter
Date published: June 9, 2017
Status: Completed

Shawnee Twin Lakes Bathymetry

Shawnee Reservoir (locally known as Shawnee Twin Lakes) is a man-made reservoir on South Deer Creek with a drainage area of 32.7 square miles in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the City of Shawnee, has operated a real-time stage (water-surface elevation) gage (USGS station 07241600) at Shawnee Reservoir since 2006. The purposes of the...

Contacts: S. Jerrod Smith
Date published: May 12, 2017
Status: Active

Washita River Reach 3 and 4 Alluvial Aquifer Study

The objectives of this investigation are to describe the hydrogeology, and construct, calibrate, and use a numerical groundwater-flow model to simulate the effects of transient stresses and various pumping and climate scenarios for Reaches 3 and 4 of the Washita River alluvial aquifer.

Date published: May 12, 2017
Status: Active

Boone and Roubidoux Aquifers Study

The objective of the study is to conduct an investigation of the hydrogeology of the Boone and Roubidoux aquifers that will provide information to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board that will enable that agency to determine maximum annual yield of the aquifers based on different proposed management plans.

Date published: May 11, 2017
Status: Active

Groundwater Modeling at the Oklahoma Water Science Center

The Oklahoma Water Science Center performs computer simulations using MODFLOW to simulate groundwater/surface-water interaction, quantify groundwater resources, and evaluate the effects of withdrawals on future groundwater supplies for various aquifers in Oklahoma.

Date published: May 11, 2017
Status: Active

Investigation of Hydrogeology and Water Availability in the Osage Nation of Oklahoma

The purpose of this project is to evaluate the spatial distribution and volume of the fresh and brackish (saline) groundwater resources on the Reservation of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. This investigation will evaluate the sources of water and water use in the Reservation, through activities such as historical water use, characterization of water wells, and predicting the potential effects...