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Section 9
Using and Conserving Water

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Section 9: Using and Conserving Water.


Investigate

To gather data on the water use in your county and for nearby counties, visit the following websites:

Local Drinking Water Information, EPA
Click on your state to be taken to a new page that gives an overview of your state's drinking water and links to additional information. To view your water quality report, click on the "water quality report" link to view a list of reports that are available online.

Estimated Use of Water in the United States, County-Level Data for 2005, USGS
Print out the data dictionary first, as it explains the codes used for each data category. Next, locate your state and click on the County Data File link. This will load water use data in tab delimited "spreadsheet" format. These files can be directly imported into spreadsheet computer programs, such as Excel.  

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Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about water use in the home, visit the following web sites:

    Water Consumption Calculator, CSGNetwork.COM
    Provides a worksheet for calculating home water use.

    Indoor Water Use in the United States, EPA
    Pie chart outlines the percentages of water that are used by different activities in the home.

    Ground Water and Drinking Water, EPA
    Reviews ground water and drinking water usage.

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Resources

To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

Types of Water Use

How Do We Use Water?, EPA
Reviews how water is used in the United States, including agricultural, industrial, and household usage.

Summary of Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2005, USGS
Examines water withdrawal in the United States.

Water on Tap: What You Need to Know, EPA
Provides information on a variety of topics related to drinking water, including the quality of drinking water in the U.S., where water comes from, how much drinking water is used in the typical home, the future of water resources in the U.S., and steps that can be taken to protect the nation's drinking water.

WaterSense, EPA
Reviews water use in the United States, including overall national trends and use by category (municipal/public supply, domestic and commercial, industrial and mining, agricultural, and thermoelectric power).

Consumptive Use and Nonconsumptive Use

Consumptive Water Use, 2005, USGS
Describes consumptive water use in the state of Georgia.

Water Conservation

What You Can Do to Protect Your Drinking Water?, EPA
Provides programs that protect the nation's water supply and suggestions for communities that wish to get involved in water conservation and protection.

How to Conserve Water and Use It Effectively, EPA
Discusses a number of water conservation practices for residential, industrial/commercial, and agricultural users. Addresses conservation issues and costs associated with dealing with these issues.

Citizen's Guide to Groundwater Protection, EPA
Provides information and suggestions for ways that the community can become involved in the protection of groundwater sources.

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