South Atlantic Water Science Center - Georgia
2005 WATER USE
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Industrial Water Use in Georgia, 2005
Industrial water use includes fabrication, processing, washing, and cooling for facilities that manufacture products, including steel, chemical and allied products, paper and allied paper products, mining, and petroleum refining. The largest industrial water users in Georgia are pulp and paper mills concentrated along the coast, the textile industries concentrated in northwestern Georgia, chemical manufacturers, and the mining and mineral industries.
Self-supplied industries in Georgia used about 554 Mgal/d of water in 2005, of which 43 percent was from ground water, and 57 percent was from surface water. The industrial water-use estimate was determined from withdrawals reported to the GaEPD for 2005. There was a decrease in industrial water withdrawals between 2000 and 2005, mostly because of the closure of a major pulp and paper company in Camden County, Georgia.