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Kentucky Public Water-Supply Withdrawals During 1995, 2000, and 2005

U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1209

By Aimee C. Downs and William E. Caldwell

In cooperation with the Kentucky Division of Water


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The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Kentucky Division of Water, has compiled the reported permitted public water-supply-withdrawal data for Kentucky for 2005. Water-withdrawal data for 1995 and 2000 were previously published in Solley and others (1998) and Hutson and others (2004), respectively. This report is a graphical representation of permitted withdrawals for 1995, 2000, and 2005.

Public suppliers that are regulated through the Kentucky Division of Water, Water-Withdrawal Permitting Program, withdrew a total of 496, 525, and 558 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) in 1995, 2000, and 2005, respectively. In 2005, 489 Mgal/d (88 percent) came from surface-water sources, and 69 Mgal/d (12 percent) came from ground-water sources. Small increases and decreases in permitted public water-supply withdrawals can be attributed to population changes. Large increases and decreases can be attributed to merging of supply systems, change(s) in source, or purchases from other counties.



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  1. Counties in Kentucky. (PDF size 402 KB)
  2. Total water withdrawals in Kentucky, 2005. (PDF size 31 KB)
  3. Total water withdrawals in Kentucky, 2005, without thermoelectric power. (PDF size 32 KB)
  4. Permitted public water-supply withdrawal ranges and surface- and ground-water withdrawal totals in Kentucky, 2005. (PDF size 459 KB)
  5. Location of permitted public water-supply withdrawals in Kentucky, 2005. (PDF size 443 KB)
  6. Average annual permitted public water-supply withdrawals, by watershed, in Kentucky, 2005. (PDF size 81 KB)
  7. Percent change in permitted public water-supply withdrawals in Kentucky, 1995-2005. (PDF size 460 KB)
  8. Total population in Kentucky, 2005. (PDF size 452 KB)
  9. Population increase and decrease plotted against permitted public water-supply withdrawal increase and decrease in Kentucky, 1995-2005. (PDF size 698 KB)


  1. Permitted public water-supply withdrawals in Kentucky during 1995, 2000, and 2005. (PDF size 78 KB)


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Suggested Citation:

Downs, Aimee C., and Caldwell, William E., 2007, Kentucky public water-supply withdrawals during 1995, 2000, and 2005: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1209, 13 p.

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