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To provide estimates of water withdrawal, water use, and return flows to surface water needed for water management, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division (GaEPD), developed the Georgia Water-Use Program in 1979. This ongoing program focuses on collecting, compiling, and disseminating water-use information for the State.

 

Animation of 2015 Georgia water use by category.

Animation of 2015 Georgia water use by category, captured from the visualization of 2015 United States water use by category, by the USGS Vizlab.

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Georgia population has nearly doubled since 1985, while power generation usage has dropped significantly.

Georgia water use, 1985 to 2015

Georgia water use 1985 to 2015

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Related water-use publications:

Barber, N.L., 1987, Public supply water use in Georgia, 1983: Georgia Geologic Survey Hydrologic Atlas 15, 1 plate.

Carter, R.F., and Johnson, A.M.F., 1974, Use of water in Georgia, 1970, with projections to 1990: Georgia Geologic Survey Hydrologic Report 2, 74 pp.

Fanning, J.L., 1997, Water use in Georgia by county for 1995: Georgia Geologic Survey Information Circular 101, 95 p.

Fanning, J.L., 1999, Water use in coastal Georgia by county and source, 1997; and water-use trends, 1980-97: Georgia Geologic Survey Information Circular 104, 37 p.

Fanning, J.L., 2003, Water use in Georgia by county for 2000 and water-use trends for 1980-2000: Georgia Geologic Survey Information Circular 106, 176 p.

Fanning, J.L., Doonan, G.A., Trent, V.P., and McFarland, R.D., 1991, Power generation and related water use in Georgia: Georgia Geologic Survey Information Circular 87, 37 p.

Pierce, R.R., Barber, N.L., and Stiles, H.R., 1982, Water use in Georgia by county for 1980: Georgia Geologic Survey Information Circular 59, 180 pp.

Trent, V.P., Fanning, J.L., and Doonan, G.A., 1990, Water use in Georgia by county for 1987: Georgia Geologic Survey Information Circular 85, 112 p.