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2010 WATER USE

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Water Withdrawal Trends, 1980-2010 in Georgia

Since 1980, the Georgia Water-Use Program (GWUP) has compiled and published statewide water-use estimates by category at 5-year intervals. National water-use compilations began in 1950. However, during the period 1950-2010, water-use estimates were not always comparable. Category definition and estimation techniques have been the most consistent since 1980 because of efforts of the National Water-Use Information Program (NWUIP). Withdrawals in Georgia were highest in 1980 (6,730 million gallons per day (Mgal/d)). By 1990, water use had decreased by 20 percent to 5,350 Mgal/d, but increased to 6,490 Mgal/d in 2000. By 2005, water use had decreased to an estimated 5,470 Mgal/d, and declined further to 4,670 Mgal/d in 2010-a 30-percent decrease since 1980. This decline was evident across all water-use categories, but was greatest for surface-water withdrawals by thermoelectric-power facilities.

Bar chart showing population, groundwater, surface-water, and total water-use trends in Georgia, 1960 to 2010.
Trends in population, groundwater, and surface-water withdrawals in Georgia, 1960-2010.
Withdrawals are in million gallons per day and are rounded.
YearPopulation
(thousands)
GroundwaterSurface waterTotal
19603,9434301,8002,300
19654,3915602,0002,600
19704,5906304,5005,200
19755,0238104,6005,400
19805,4641,2005,5006,700
19855,9761,0004,3705,370
19906,4789964,2905,290
19957,2011,1904,5605,750
20008,1901,4504,9606,410
20059,0731,1804,2305,410
20109,6901,1903,2704,460

Bar chart showing groundwater, surface-water, and total water-use trends, by category of use, in Georgia, 1980 to 2010.

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