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Estimated Water Use in Puerto Rico, 2000

By Wanda L. Molina-Rivera

 

In cooperation with the
PUERTO RICO AQUEDUCT AND SEWER AUTHORITY,
PUERTO RICO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES, and
PUERTO RICO ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY BOARD

 

Open-File Report 2005-1201

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ABSTRACT

Water-use data were compiled for the 78 municipios of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for 2000. Five offstream categories were considered: public-supply water withdrawals, domestic self-supplied water use, industrial self-supplied withdrawals, crop irrigation water use, and thermoelectric power fresh water use. Two additional categories also were considered: power generation instream use and public wastewater treatment return-flows. Fresh water withdrawals for offstream use from surface- and ground-water sources in Puerto Rico were estimated at 617 million gallons per day. The largest amount of fresh water withdrawn was by public-supply water facilities and was estimated at 540 million gallons per day. Fresh surface- and ground-water withdrawals by domestic self-supplied users was estimated at 2 million gallons per day and the industrial self-supplied withdrawals were estimated at 9.5 million gallons per day. Withdrawals for crop irrigation purposes were estimated at 64 million gallons per day, or approximately 10 percent of all offstream fresh water withdrawals. Saline instream surface-water withdrawals for cooling purposes by thermoelectric power facilities was estimated at 2,191 million gallons per day, and instream fresh water withdrawals by hydroelectric facilities at 171 million gallons per day. Total discharge from public wastewater treatment facilities was estimated at 211 million gallons per day.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Abstract
Introduction
Purpose and Scope
Acknowledgments
Data-compilation procedures

Public-supply water withdrawals and domestic self-supplied water use

Industrial self-supplied withdrawals

Crop irrigation water use

Thermoelectric power water use

Hydroelectric power instream water use

Public wastewater treatment
Water use by category and source of water

Public-supply water withdrawals and domestic self-supplied water use

Industrial self-supplied withdrawals

Crop irrigation water use

Thermoelectric power water use

Hydroelectric power instream water use

Public wastewater treatmentIntergranular aquifers

Summary
Cited references

References Cited

 


The citation for this report, in USGS format, is as follows:

 

Molina-Rivera, W.L., 2005, Estimated water use in Puerto Rico, 2000: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1201, 26 p.


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