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Drought-related impacts on municipal and major self-supplied industrial water withdrawals in Tennessee -- Part B

Water-Resources Investigations Report 84-4074

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Abstract

A state-wide water use survey was conducted of all public water suppliers and large, self-supplied industries in Tennessee. This report contains a summation of the data received from 463 public-water suppliers and 129 self-supplied water users. Analysis of the study results and findings indicate that many communities in Tennessee do experience occasional water supply, quantity-related shortages. A total of 142 problems were reported by 107 of the public water suppliers. However, only 22 of the problems were a result of inadequate source supply. Although only three industries reported a water shortage problem , 20 were identified as having a potential water-supply source problem. West Tennessee was the only section of the state where all communities and industries surveyed reported an adequate water supply. The effects of a drought on the environment--specifically, wetlands, fish wildlife, and recreational-users--are briefly described, although there was no evidence that water withdrawn by communities or industry would directly affect the environment. This study appears to verify the conclusions that an extended drought, although directly affecting the supply to some communities and industries, may actually affect water quality and wastewater treatment more accurately by decreasing the ability of the source to assimilate wastes. (USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Drought-related impacts on municipal and major self-supplied industrial water withdrawals in Tennessee -- Part B
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
84-4074
Edition:
Part B
Year Published:
1984
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
398 p.