U.S. water use to reach 138 trillion gallons in 2022

U.S. water use to reach 138 trillion gallons in 2022

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Americans are expected to use 138 trillion gallons of water in 2022, according to a new report.

Water: United States,” recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports, reveals an anticipated uptick for several reasons:

  1. Overall electricity generation. 
  2. Expanding manufacturing and mining activity.
  3. Population growth.

Those reasons aside, gains will be curbed by ongoing water conservation efforts, the research found.

The average person in the United States uses 80-100 gallons of water each day, according to the United States Geological Survey.

U.S. water withdrawal is forecast to total 122 trillion gallons in 2022. Agriculture will continue to represent a major market for water withdrawal. Although planted crop acreage in the U.S. is expected to rise slightly over the forecast period, the adoption of technologies that allow farmers to maintain or increase production levels with less water will continue.

This report forecasts to 2022 U.S. water use and water withdrawal in gallons. Total water use is segmented by market in terms of:

  • Utilities 
  • Manufacturing and mining 
  • Municipal

Water use encompasses water withdrawals from surface and groundwater sources and includes reclaimed wastewater. Trends and forecasts related to water use apply to water that has been treated to some appreciable degree and do not include water used in agricultural applications. 

Water withdrawal totals refer to water from surface and groundwater sources, excluding reclaimed wastewater. The municipal segment excludes water withdrawn from wells on residential properties. 

Total water withdrawal is segmented by market as follows:

  • Agriculture 
  • Other markets, such as utilities and manufacturing


Topics: Engineering Firms, Environmental Firms, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Trends and Statistics, Urban Planning and Design, Water Saving Strategies and Devices

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