Georgia Water Science Center
2005 WATER USE
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Thermoelectric-Power Water Use in Georgia, 2005
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Thermoelectric-power water use is water used in the generation of thermoelectric power, mainly for cooling purposes. Thermoelectric-power water use includes 13 plants that operate on fossil fuels, such as oil, coal, or natural gas, and 2 nuclear-powered plants. Data were obtained from the GaEPD Water Resources Management Program, which collects data on the amount of water treated for potable use and for boiler makeup. Also, plant operators were contacted directly for additional information on cooling water and other water uses at each power plant. Estimated thermo-electric-power water use during 2005 was about 2,721 Mgal/d (table 2), a decrease of 589 Mgal/d from 2000. Three thermo-electric-power plants—Arkwright (Bibb County), Atkinson (Cobb County), and Riverside (Chatham County)—have closed since 2000. Plant Yates, a facility in Coweta County, converted from once-through cooling to a closed cooling system with cooling towers in 2004.