Estimated freshwater withdrawals in Washington, 2010

Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5037
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Every 5 years since 1950, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has compiled data on the amount of water used in homes, businesses, industries, and farms throughout the State. This water-use data, combined with other related USGS information, has facilitated a unique understanding of the effects of human activity on the State’s water resources. As water availability continues to emerge as an important issue in the 21st century, the need for consistent, long-term water-use data will increase to support wise use of this essential natural resource.

The amount of public- and self-supplied water used for domestic, irrigation, livestock, aquaculture, industrial, mining, and thermoelectric power was estimated for state, county, and eastern and western regions of Washington during calendar year 2010. Withdrawals of freshwater for offstream uses were estimated to be about 4,885 million gallons per day. The total estimated freshwater withdrawals for 2010 was approximately 15 percent less than the 2005 estimate because of decreases in irrigation and thermoelectric power withdrawals.

Suggested Citation

Lane, R.C., and Welch, W.B., 2015, Estimated freshwater withdrawals in Washington, 2010: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5037, 48 p.,

ISSN: 2328-0328 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Freshwater Withdrawals
  • Summary
  • References Cited
  • Appendix A. Methods And Data Sources
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Estimated freshwater withdrawals in Washington, 2010
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2015-5037
DOI 10.3133/sir20155037
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Washington Water Science Center
Description v, 48 p.
Time Range Start 2010-01-01
Time Range End 2010-12-31
Country United States
State Washington
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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