Water Science School

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: July 5, 2019
Status: Completed

Water Science Photo Galleries

Learn about water using pictures

Date published: April 4, 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: April 2, 2019
Status: Completed

La Ciencia del Agua para Escuelas

La Ciencia del Agua para Escuelas

Date published: October 26, 2018
Status: Completed

Water Science Activity Center

This is the interactive section of our site where you can answer challenge questions, participate in opinion surveys about water issues, and take true/false quizzes.

Date published: September 6, 2018
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.

Date published: September 6, 2018
Status: Completed

Water Use Photo Gallery

Learn about water use using pictures.

Date published: June 18, 2018
Status: Completed

Wastewater Treatment Water Use

Wastewater is used water. It includes substances such as human waste, food scraps, oils, soaps and chemicals. In homes, this includes water from sinks, showers, bathtubs, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers. Businesses and industries also contribute their share of used water that must be cleaned.

Date published: June 18, 2018
Status: Completed

Trends in Water Use in the United States, 1950 to 2015

How has America's water use changed over the last 65 years? Are we using more or less water, and are there trends for different kinds of water use? 

Date published: June 18, 2018
Status: Completed

Thermoelectric Power Water Use

Much of the electricity used in the United States and worldwide comes from thermoelectric power plants. This type of production includes fuels such as coal, oil, gas-fired, nuclear, and other lesser-used methods, such as geothermal and burning waste material. Production of electrical power results in one of the largest uses of water in the United States and worldwide. Water for thermoelectric...

Date published: June 18, 2018
Status: Completed

Surface Water Use in the United States

The Nation's surface-water resources—the water in the nation's rivers, streams, creeks, lakes, and reservoirs—are vitally important to our everyday life.

Date published: June 18, 2018
Status: Completed

Groundwater Use in the United States

Groundwater is one of our most valuable resource—even though you probably never see it or even realize it is there. Groundwater is essential for irrigation and human use in many parts of the country. The use of groundwater in the United States in 2015 is described below.

Date published: June 13, 2018
Status: Completed

Irrigation Methods: Furrow or Flood Irrigation

It's a good thing farmers don't need to haul buckets of water to keep crops watered. Nearly as old as the bucket method though, is furrow or flood surface irrigation where farmers flow water down small trenches running through their crops. For more information about irrigation read on.