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South Atlantic Water Science Center - Georgia Publications

Water use in coastal Georgia by county and source, 1997; and water-use trends, 1980-97
Georgia Geologic Survey Information Circular 104, 37 pages

Julia L. Fanning, U.S. Geological Survey


Panoramic view of industrial water user, Savannah, Georgia, August 1990. Photograph by Richard E. KrauseWater 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.




Purpose and scope

Data collection

Water use in coastal Georgia, 1997

Public Supply

Domestic and commercial

Industrial and mining



Thermoelectric power generation

Water-use trends in coastal Georgia, 1980-97


Selected References

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

Appendix B--Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes

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Georgia Geologic Survey
19 M. L. King Jr. Drive, S.W.
Room 400, Maps and Publications
Atlanta, GA 30334
Telephone: (404) 656-3214

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