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Water Use in North Dakota

The future health and welfare of the Nation's population is dependent upon a continuing supply of uncontaminated fresh water. Increasing withdrawals and increasing demands for instream flows are limiting the water available for future use. More comprehensive water-use data and analysis of water-use information are needed to quantify the stress on existing supplies and to better model and evaluate possible water-supply management options to supplement traditional water-supply approaches.

The USGS compiles water-use data from numerous sources for all parts of the country, and since 1950 has published a series of Circulars on the estimated use of water in the United States at 5-year intervals. These Circulars contain State-level estimates of the amount of public- and self-supplied water used for commercial, domestic, industrial, irrigation, livestock, mining, power generation, and other purposes. The water-use data collected and compiled in North Dakota are an integral part of the nationwide assessment of water supply and demand.

The USGS North Dakota Water Science Center acknowledges the assistance provided by many Federal, State, local, and university offices during each of the water-use compilations. Among those agencies providing data and/or information are the North Dakota State Water Commission, North Dakota Department of Health, North Dakota State Data Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture and many individual water users.

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Ragged Butte Spring at Alexander, North Dakota

Sand and gravel operation and irrigation pump at Painted Woods Creek near Washburn, North Dakota

Cattle drinking from Missouri River near Williston, North Dakota


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