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Georgia Geologic Survey Information Circular 104

WATER USE IN COASTAL GEORGIA BY COUNTY AND SOURCE, 1997: AND WATER-USE TRENDS, 1980-97

Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Geologic Survey

Julia L. Fanning

ABSTRACT

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Water use during 1997 was estimated for each county in the 24-county area of coastal Georgia by water-use category, using data obtained from various Federal and State agencies. Categories of offstream water use include public supply, domestic, commercial, industrial, mining, irrigation, livestock, and thermoelectric power generation.

Total 1997 offstream water use from ground- and surface-water sources was estimated to be about 1,225 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) for the coastal area; of this total, ground water supplied 28 percent and surface water supplied 72 percent. Water withdrawal in coastal Georgia increased from 1,153 Mgal/d in 1980 to 1,225 Mgal/d in 1997, a 6-percent increase. During this period, surface-water withdrawal increased by 111 Mgal/d and ground-water withdrawal decreased by 38 Mgal/d.

For additional information contact:
Director, Georgia Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
1770 Corporate Drive
Suite 500
Norcross, GA 30093
(678) 924-6700
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/

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Contents

Abstract

Introduction

Purpose and scope

Data collection

Water use in coastal Georgia, 1997

Public supply

Domestic and commercial

Industrial and mining

Irrigation

Livestock

Thermoelectric power generation

Water-use trends in coastal Georgia, 1980-97

Summary

Selected references

Appendix A----Ground- and surface-water use in coastal Georgia, by county for 1997; and trends 1980-97

Appendix B-Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes


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