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Water use in U.S. declines to pre-1970s levels


June 22, 2018
By Ground Water Canada

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Reston, VA – Water use across the United States reached its lowest recorded level in 45 years in 2015, indicates a new report from the United States Geological Survey.

According to the report, 322 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the United States during 2015.

This represents a nine per cent reduction of water use from 2010 when about 354 Bgal/d were withdrawn and the lowest level since before 1970 (370 Bgal/d).

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“The downward trend in water use shows a continued effort towards efficient use of critical water resources, which is encouraging,” said Tim Petty, assistant secretary for Water and Science at the Department of the Interior, in a news release. “Water is the one resource we cannot live without, and when it is used wisely, it helps to ensure there will be enough to sustain human needs, as well as ecological and environmental needs.”

Read the full report.