Water-Use Open Forum

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The USGS Water-Use Open Forum is for those involved in water-use data collection, data management, and regulation to communicate about challenges and solutions to water-use data issues, such as data collection, storage, QA/QC, analysis and data dissemination.

Upcoming talk

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  • Water Withdrawals by Public Water Suppliers: Findings from Validated Water Audit Data
  • October 27, 2021
  • 2 pm EDT, 11 am PDT
  • Presenter: George Kunkel, PE; Kunkel Water Efficiency Consulting
  • Abstract:  This presentation will review data gathered in the American Water Works Association Free Water Audit Software and validated by third-party experts to reflect trends in water withdrawal and production flows relative to Non-Revenue Water volumes in public water supplies.  A brief assessment of the state of production flow-metering and flow data management in public water supplies will also be presented. [This presentation will build off the September 29, 2021 Water-Use Open Forum.]


General information about webinars

Water-Use Open Forum webinars generally will be scheduled on the last Wednesday of the month at 2 pm ET. A Microsoft Teams meeting invitation with the topic and speaker will be sent out before each call. At the meeting time, activate the webinar using the link in your calendar invitation. Please email the WUDR Coordinator to be added to the email list for announcements of future talks.

We encourage your to volunteer for an upcoming talk to share your water-use data experiences. Contact the WUDR Coordinator with your topic and preferred date.


Past presentations  

Date Title Presenters
September 29, 2021 Better Data, More informed Decisions, and the AWWA Water Audit  Steve Cavanaugh; Cavanaugh & Associates, P.A.
August 25, Domestic Well-Metering Projects in the USGS New Jersey Water Science Center Jen Shourds, USGS New Jersey Water Science Center
January 27, 2021 Experiences with contractors for Water-Use Data and Research (WUDR) projects Ryan Gordon, Maine Geological Survey
Christina Hargiss, North Dakota State University
November 18, 2020 USGS Water-Use Program updates and data delivery Jaime Painter, USGS
October 28, 2020 Locating private water well systems in Vermont: leveraging digital well records, parcel data, and property information in GIS Julia Boyles, Vermont Geological Survey
September 30, 2020 Estimated Groundwater Withdrawals from Principal Aquifers in the United States, 2015 John Lovelace, USGS
August 26, 2020 Consumptive water use: refining Virginia's water supply estimates with discharge and withdrawal data Scott Kudlas, VA DEQ
Robert Burgholzer, VA DEQ
Julie Shortridge, Virginia Tech
July 29, 2020 Mapping and modeling of interbasin water transfers within the United States Landon Marston, Virginia Tech
May 27, 2020 USGS thermoelectric water use Melissa Harris, USGS
February 26, 2020 Visualizing water use data in Texas through dashboards Katie Dahlberg, Texas Water Development Board
December 4, 2019 WSWC Water Data Exchange (WaDE) Program 2.0: New Architecture Adel Abdallah, Western States Water Council
October 30, 2019 Pennsylvania's Water Use and Data Research Projects Michael Hill, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
October 2, 2019 USGS water-use data system modernization and WaDE collaboration Nancy Barber, USGS
July 31, 2019 Progress and status of the WUDR program Kim Shaffer, USGS WUDR Coordinator
August 30, 2017 Municipal water-use data in North Dakota — projects and per capita coefficients Dr. Christina Hargiss, North Dakota State University
May 31, 2017 Developing a domestic self-supplied metering program in Florida, what has been learned about metering, understanding early results, and how to expand this study Rich Marella, USGS
April 26, 2017 Water use in the Tennessee Valley: a TVA perspective Amanda Bowen, TVA
February 22, 2017 California Assembly Bill 1755 "The Open and Transparent Water Data Act" Christina McCready, California DWR
January 25, 2017 A look at irrigation policy and technology advancements through the Rrear view mirror, the Kansas Experience Dr. Dan Rogers, Kansas State University
October 26, 2016 Water use and golf courses in Utah, "Just Par for the Course" Robert Baskin, Ph.D, PG, USGS Utah Water Science Center
September 28, 2016 Overview of the Arkansas water-use program Todd Fugitt and Mike Guess, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
August 31, 2016 Water Data Exchange (WaDE) Sara Larsen, Western States Water Council
June 29, 2016 Water Use in New Jersey and the New Jersey Water-Transfer Data System (NJWaTr) Steve Domber, NJ DEP and Jen Shourds, USGS
May 25, 2016 Wisconsin water-use data collection, database, and QA/QC Bob Smail, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
April 27, 2016 Texas Municipal and Industrial Water Use Survey Kevin Kluge, Texas Water Development Board
March 30, 2016 Using SSEBop remote sensing methods to estimate consumptive use on agricultural lands Gabriel Senay and Jesslyn Brown, USGS
February 24, 2016 USGS water-use databases--AWUDS and SWUDS Nancy Barber, USGS
February 10, 2016 Overview of USGS 2015 water-use compilation Molly Maupin, USGS