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Estimated Use of Water in the United States

What this map layer shows:

Estimated water use for public supply, industrial uses, irrigation, mining, livestock, and thermoelectric power, as well as total water use, by county.

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water Resources of the United States office, in cooperation with Federal, State, and local agencies, compiles water-use estimates for each county in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Data on water withdrawals by area, water source, and category of use have been compiled at 5-year intervals since 1950, and are stored in the USGS internal database AWUDS, the Aggregate Water-Use Data System. These efforts are part of the USGS National Water Use Information Program, which was implemented to provide uniform, current, and reliable information on water use. Water-use estimates are used by the USGS, other agencies, organizations, academic institutions, and the public for research, water-management decisions, trend analysis, and water-demand forecasting.

The Estimated Use of Water in the United States map layers show estimated water use by county, for the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Included are ground water, surface water, fresh water, saline water and total water use, for public supply, industrial, irrigation, mining, livestock, and thermoelectric power. There are five data files, one each for the years 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005. They were compiled by the USGS. Additional information about USGS water activities is available from the Water Resources of the United States home page. Water-use statistics, including information on self-supply domestic use, commercial use, aquaculture use, wastewater treatment use, hydroelectric power use, and water use by State, are available from the USGS Water Use in the United States page.


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If you download the data for Estimated Use of Water in the United States you may also want to download County Boundaries data. These can be used together to create maps of estimated water use.
Download 1980 County Boundaries for use with 1985 Water Use Data
Download 1990 County Boundaries for use with 1990 and 1995 Water Use Data
Download 2000 or 2001 County Boundariesfor use with 2000 and 2005 Water Use Data