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Science Investigations Report 2004-5015

Estimated Domestic, Irrigation, and Industrial Water Use in Washington, 2000

By R.C. Lane


Since 1950, the U.S. Geological Survey has published a series of Circulars and other reports on the estimated use of water in the United States at 5-year intervals. This report presents State, regional, and county estimates of the amount of water used for domestic, irrigation, and industrial purposes in the State of Washington during the year 2000. Domestic water use was estimated to be 674 million gallons per day and the per-capita rate, 114 gallons per day. Crop-irrigation water use was estimated to be 3,005 million gallons per day and the application rate, 2.2 acre-feet per acre per year, or feet per year. Golf-course irrigation water use was estimated to be 23.6 million gallons per day and the application rate, 1.4 feet per year. Industrial water use was estimated to be 681 million gallons per day. Historically, these core categories account for about 92 percent of the estimated offstream water used in Washington.


Domestic Water Use
Crop-Irrigation Water Use
Golf-Course Irrigation Water Use
Industrial Water Use
Selected References
Appendix A. Concepts and Terms

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Send questions or comments about this report to the author, R.C. Lane, (253) 428-3600 ext. 2604.

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