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Data Tables Associated with an Analysis of the U.S. Geological Survey's Historical Water-use Data, 1985–2015


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Houston, N.A., Merriman, K.R., Dieter, C.A., and York, B.C., 2022, Data tables associated with an analysis of the U.S. Geological Survey's historical water-use data, 1985–2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The datasets in this data release contain the results of an analysis of the U.S. Geological Survey's historical water-use data from 1985 to 2015. Data were assessed to determine the top category of water-use by volume. Data from groundwater, surface water, and total water (groundwater plus surface water) use were parsed by water type, and the top category of use by county or the geographic region or local government equivalent to a county (for example, parishes in Louisiana) was determined. There are two sets of results provided, one for the "Priority" categories of water use and the second for all categories of water use. "Priority" categories are irrigation, public supply, and thermoelectric power and comprise 90 percent of all water [...]


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“Top Category by county for all categories 1985-2015”
1.68 MB text/csv
“Top Category by county for all categories 1985-2015 excel format ”
2.01 MB application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet
“Top Category by county for priority categories 1985-2015”
1.65 MB text/csv
“Top Category by county for priority categories 1985-2015 excel format”
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“Data Dictionary defining attributes in tables”
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The purpose of this analysis was to determine the top water-use categories by county for the priority categories of public supply, irrigation, and thermoelectric and then the top category for all categories which also includes aquaculture, domestic, industrial, livestock and mining. The priority categories comprise 90 percent of the water use nationally, however in different parts of the country other categories of use are important.


  • National Water Census
  • National Water Use Projects
  • USGS Data Release Products
  • USGS Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center


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DOI doi:10.5066/P94Y93BW

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