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Water use in Kansas, 1990-2000

January 1, 2004

This fact sheet compares water use in 1990, 1995, and 2000 for the 12 major river basins in Kansas. Of these 3 years, irrigation water use was largest in 1990 and smallest in 1995, largely because of differing climatic conditions. Irrigation averaged about 85 percent of total water use in Kansas each year, and ground water pumped in the western part of the State provided most of the irrigation water used. Water use for public supply, industry, and livestock increased between 1990 and 2000. Total State population increased 8 percent between 1990 and 2000, and the number of people served by public water suppliers increased 12 percent. Surface water withdrawn for public supply increased 24 percent because of population growth in the northeastern and south-central parts of the State and decreasing reliance on ground water by the city of Wichita. From 1990 to 2000, ground-water withdrawals for livestock and meat processing increased in western Kansas, and surface-water withdrawals for sand dredging increased in eastern Kansas. This fact sheet was produced as part of an ongoing cooperative program supported in part by the Kansas State Water Plan Fund.

Publication Year 2004
Title Water use in Kansas, 1990-2000
DOI 10.3133/fs20043133
Authors Joan F. Kenny, Cristi V. Hansen
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2004-3133
Index ID fs20043133
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse