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Freshwater Use and Source in the US



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America's water source in 2000 was either from surface water or from ground water. Most of the water we use (262,000 million gallons per day (Mgal/d)) came from surface-water sources, such as rivers and lakes. We used about 83,400 Mgal/d of ground water (from wells).

Diagram showing water source, use, and disposition in 2000
LEVEL ONE:  Sources of fresh water.
LEVEL TWO: Shows where the water was sent after being withdrawn from a river, well, etc.
LEVEL THREE:  Each green cylinder represents a category of water use. 


Here's how to read the chart:  In 2000, about 18,500 Mgal/d of water was used for industrial purposes, with about 14,900 Mgal/d coming from surface water and about 3,570 Mgal/ coming from ground water.

SOURCE:  USGS


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 1/14/2009
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