Water Use in the United States

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The USGS works in cooperation with local, State, and Federal agencies to collect water-use information, then compiles these data to produce water-use information aggregated at the county, state, and national levels. Every five years, data at the county level are compiled into a national water-use data system and State-level data are published in a national circular, Estimated Use of Water in the United States.

The National Water Use Science Project, part of the National Water Census, is responsible for compiling and disseminating the nation's water-use data. The USGS Water-Use Data and Research program seeks to develop improved water-use data through agreements with State water-resources agencies.

•••  WATER USE HOME  •  TOTAL WATER USE  •  SURFACE WATER USE  •  GROUNDWATER USE  •  TRENDS  •••

Public Supply  •  Domestic  •  Irrigation  •  Thermoelectric Power  •  Industrial  •  Mining  •  Livestock  •  Aquaculture

 

Water Use Categories

    See how water-use categories have changed since the USGS water-use circulars were first published in 1950.

    Image of eight water-use categories included in the National Water-Use Science Project

    The eight water-use categories included in the National Water-Use Science Project: public supply, domestic, irrigation, thermoelectric power, self-supplied industrial, mining, livestock, and aquaculture.

      Overviews

       

      Additional information:   Publications  •  Water-use category changes over time  •  Water-use terminology