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United States Using Less Water Today than 35 Years Ago

The United States uses less water today than it did 35 years ago, despite a 30 percent population increase.

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Declines in water use are partly attributable to alternative cooling methods at power plants and more efficient irrigation systems. According to the latest USGS water use report ...

  • Nearly half of all water used in the United States goes to cooling thermoelectric power plants
  • 31 percent is used for irrigation.
  • 11 percent of water is used for public supply
  • 9 percent is used for industrial, livestock, aquaculture, mining and rural domestic uses.

But we also need to look at how much water is used ... and needed ... for habitat ecosystems, wildlife, fire retardant levels in forests, etc.  We can't forget that non-human water use must also be measured.


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 11/6/2009
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