South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC)

Water Availability and Use

Our list of water availability and use projects and topics are listed below (view the list of archived projects for Water Availability and Use).

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 

Compilations of water use, by county, for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina are for 2010. 
Georgia  |  North Carolina  |  South Carolina


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Filter Total Items: 17
Date published: October 4, 2016
Status: Completed

Geohydrology and Effects of Climate and Pumpage Change on Water Resources of the Aucilla–Suwannee–Ochlockonee River Basin, South-Central Georgia and Adjacent Areas of Florida, Progress and Significant Results, 2006—2007

Episodic droughts and increased pumpage since the mid-1970s have caused unprecedented ground-water level decline in the Upper Floridan aquifer in much of the roughly 8,000 square-mile Aucilla-Suwannee-Ochlockonee (ASO) River Basin.

To address concerns about water availability, USGS worked with Georgia Environmental Protection Division to improve understanding of the hydrogeologic...

Date published: October 3, 2016
Status: Active

Development and Application of a Groundwater Flow and Management Model and Assessment of Groundwater Contamination, Chesterfield County Region, South Carolina

The objective of the investigation was to develop and apply a groundwater flow and groundwater management model that can be used to better manage the groundwater resources in the Chesterfield County, S.C. area. Objectives of these better management practices would be to help assure sustainability of the groundwater resources in the area. A groundwater-flow model was developed for the Coastal...

Contacts: Bruce Campbell
Date published: September 21, 2016
Status: Active

Simulation of Groundwater Flow in the Charleston Aquifer near Mount Pleasant, SC – an Update

The objective of the investigation is to use an existing, updated groundwater-flow model of the South Carolina Coastal Plain aquifers and confining units in the Mount Pleasant area created by Petkewich and Campbell to simulate current groundwater conditions and to include current planning goals developed by the Mount Pleasant Waterworks. The scope of the groundwater simulations will include...

Date published: August 30, 2016
Status: Active

Groundwater Monitoring - Albany-Dougherty County Area, Georgia

Groundwater Monitoring Program for the Albany-Dougherty County Area, Georgia 
South Atlantic Water Science Center

Long-term heavy pumping from the Claiborne, Clayton, and Upper Cretaceous aquifers, which underlie the Upper Floridan aquifer, has resulted in significant water-level declines in these deep aquifers in the Albany, Georgia area.

These declines...

Date published: February 3, 2016
Status: Completed

Southwest Georgia Agricultural Water Conservation and Metering Program

During 2008-2015, the U.S. Geological Survey investigated methods to estimate agricultural water use and growing season pumping rates through the analysis of water-meter data throughout southwest Georgia. Reports are available by year.

Go to the SW Georgia Agricultural Water Conservation and...