Water Use in the U.S.

An interactive data visualization map of the USGS data of water usage from 2015 of the USA and US territories.

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United States Geologic Survey

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Teaching Tips

One can zoom in on the interactive map by clicking on the counties and zoom out by clicking outside of the counties. The graphics below the pie chart are very helpful as they give background information on the types of water usage appears below the interactive map.

For more information references to primary literature are provided, as well as additional links to the USGS Water Availability and Use Program if teachers/students want more information.

An additional [link https://maps.waterdata.usgs.gov/mapper/index.html 'USGS site'] that shows watershed boundaries and aquifers in the U.S. is available

Water Use visualizer: [link https://owi.usgs.gov/vizlab/water-use/]

Suggested Citation: Dieter, C.A., Maupin, M.A., Caldwell, R.R., Harris, M.A., Ivahnenko, T.I., Lovelace, J.K., Barber, N.L., and Linsey, K.S., 2018, [link https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1441 'Estimated use of water in the United States in 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1441'], 65 p., [Supersedes USGS Open-File Report 2017â1131.]