Water Use - Ohio Kentucky Indiana

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The USGS National Water-Use Information Program collects data about the quantities of water withdrawn for specific uses: public supply, domestic, industrial, mining, thermoelectric power, irrigation, livestock, and aquaculture. On a broader scale, we research how humans interact with the hydrologic cycle throuugh water withdrawal, water delivery, consumptive use, return flows, wastewater reuse, and instream use. Every 5 years since 1950, water-use data have been compiled and disseminated as part of the USGS National Water-Use Information program.  Water-use data are available by county and 8-digit Hydrologic Unit Codes.

The USGS National Water-Use Information program collects and compiles data on how water is used throughout the United States. Data is collected for eight primary categories: public supply, domestic, industrial, mining, thermoelectric power, irrigation, livestock, and aquaculture.

Ohio Kentucky Indiana Water Use By Categories - 2010
Aggregated water use for Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, 2010. Abbreviations: PS (public supply), DO (domestic), IN (industrial), MI (mining), TE (thermoelectric power), IR (irrigation), LS (livestock), and AQ (aquaculture).

Since 1950, a national compilation of aggregated water use has been published every 5 years. The next water-use compilation report will be for 2015.

Water-use data for Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana are compiled and aggregated annually and the national 5-year compilations are available on NWISweb: Ohio || Kentucky || Indiana

So how much water do we use?

From the 2010 aggregated water use for all categories, Indiana and Kentucky together used

22.410 billion gallons per day

which equates to

1,004 gallons per day per person

WaterSMART

WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage Americas Resources for Tomorrow)is one of the programs created by the Department of the Interior to implement the 2009 SECURE Water Act. One of the key components of WaterSMART is the National Water Census. The focus of the National Water Census is national water availability and use. The National Water Census is developing new water accounting tools and assessing water availability at regional and national scales.

 

Estimated Use of Water

 

Ohio Kentucky Indiana Water Use 2010
Total estimated water use for Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, 2010. Abbreviations: SW (surface water), GW (groundwater).