Data on water use in North Carolina were compiled for 1995 as part of a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Geological Survey and the Division of Water Resources of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Data were compiled from a number of Federal, State, and private sources for the offstream water-use categories of public supply, domestic, commercial, industrial, mining, livestock, irrigation, and thermoelectric-power generation. Data also were collected for instream use from hydroelectric facilities. Total withdrawals (fresh and saline) during 1995 were an estimated 9,286 million gallons per day for the offstream water-use categories. About 94 percent of the water withdrawn was from surface water. Thermoelectric-power generation accounted for 80 percent of all withdrawals. Instream water use for hydroelectric-power generation totaled about 56,400 million gallons per day. Each water-use category is summarized in this report by county and source of water supply.