Georgia Water Science Center
2005 WATER USE
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Livestock Water Use in Georgia, 2005
Livestock water use is water used for livestock watering, feed lots, dairy operation, and farm operation for poultry, horses, cattle, and hogs. Estimates of water use for livestock were compiled by animal type (cattle, hogs, horses, and several kinds of poultry). Livestock water-use estimates were provided by the USGS National Water-Use Program from U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service livestock population estimates, and animal specific (J.K. Lovelace, U.S. Geological Survey, written commun., 2007). Coefficients were the same as those used for the 2000 estimate of water use in Georgia (Fanning, 2003). The total withdrawal estimate was allocated between ground and surface water, using the county ratio for livestock withdrawals for 2000 (Fanning, 2003).
Livestock water use in 2005 was estimated to be about 28 Mgal/d. About 892 percent of all livestock withdrawals were from surface-water sources, and only 8 percent were from ground-water sources.