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Water Use

Water is everywhere, which is fortunate for all of humanity, as water is essential for life. Even though water is not always available in the needed quantity and quality for all people everywhere, people have learned to get and use water for all of their needs, from drinking, cleaning, irrigating crops, producing electricity, and for just having fun.

All Water Use Science Topics

All Water Use Science Topics

View a list of all of our science topics about water use.

 

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Water Use in the United States, 2015

Water Use in the United States, 2015

The water in the Nation's rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and underground aquifers are vitally important to our everyday life. Find out about water use in the United States in 2015.

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Date published: September 11, 2019
Status: Completed

Desalination

Humans cannot drink saline water, but, saline water can be made into freshwater, for which there are many uses. The process is called "desalination", and it is being used more and more around the world to provide people with needed freshwater. 

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Date published: September 6, 2019
Status: Completed

Water Use Questions & Answers

Water is everywhere, which is fortunate for all of humanity, as water is essential for life. Even though water is not always available in the needed quantity and quality for all people everywhere, people have learned to get and use water for all of their water needs, from drinking, cleaning, irrigating crops, producing electricity, and for just having fun.

Contacts: Ask USGS
Date published: July 17, 2019
Status: Completed

The Water Science School -- What We Offer

The U.S. Geological Survey's Water Science School
Where anyone of any age can learn all about water.

Date published: July 5, 2019
Status: Completed

Water Science Photo Galleries

Learn about water using pictures

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Date published: June 20, 2019
Status: Completed

Water Q&A: Where does our home wastewater go?

Learn what happens at a wastewater treatment plant.

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Date published: June 20, 2019
Status: Completed

Water Q&A: Does a little leak in my house really waste water?

Learn how a long-term leak can waste lots of water.

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Date published: June 20, 2019
Status: Completed

Water Q&A: Does a little leak in my house really waste water?

Water Questions & Answers
Does a little leak in my house really waste water?

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Date published: June 20, 2019
Status: Completed

Water Q&A: Which states use the most water?

Find out which states use the most water and what they use it for.

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Date published: June 20, 2019
Status: Completed

Water Q&A: What is most of the freshwater in the U.S. used for?

Find out where most of the fresh water we use comes from, and what it's used for.

Contacts: Ask USGS
Date published: June 20, 2019
Status: Completed

Water Q&A: Is salt water useful?

Find out how salt water can be used, such as energy production and desalination.

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Date published: June 20, 2019
Status: Completed

Water Q&A: Is saline water useful?

Water Questions & Answers
Is saline water useful?

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Date published: June 20, 2019
Status: Completed

Water Q&A: How is water supplied to our homes?

Find out how water gets to your home through a public water-supply system.

Contacts: Ask USGS