Water resources of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

Fact Sheet 2013-3031
Prepared in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development



In 2010, about 85.1 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) of water were withdrawn in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Surface-water sources accounted for almost all withdrawals; groundwater sources accounted for only 0.04 Mgal/d. Industrial use accounted for about 92 percent of the total water withdrawn. Other categories of use included public supply, rural domestic, and livestock. Water-use data collected at 5-year intervals from 1960 to 2010 indicated that water withdrawals in Plaquemines Parish peaked at about 177 Mgal/d in 1975. The peak resulted primarily from an increase in industrial surface-water withdrawals from about 23.8 Mgal/d in 1970 to 171 Mgal/d in 1975. Since 1975, water withdrawals have ranged from about 157 to 85.1 Mgal/d, with industrial surface-water withdrawals accounting for most of the variation. This fact sheet summarizes basic information on the water resources of Plaquemines Parish. Information on groundwater and surface-water availability, quality, development, use, and trends is based on previously published reports listed in the Selected References section.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Water resources of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2013-3031
DOI 10.3133/fs20133031
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Louisiana Water Science Center
Description 6 p.
Country United States
State Louisiana
County Plaquemines Parish
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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