Estimated use of water in Colorado, 1985

Water-Resources Investigations Report 88-4101
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Water-use data was collected for the State of Colorado as part of the U.S. Geological Survey 's National Water-Use Information Program. An estimated 20,800 million gal/day of water were used in Colorado during 1985. 89% came from surface water sources and 11% came from groundwater sources. Public supply systems provided 4% of all water used in Colorado during 1985, but provided 80% of all commercial, domestic, and industrial water used. An estimated 4,840 million gal/day of water were consumed during 1985; return flows amounted to 16,000 million gallons per day. Of all water used, 60% was used for irrigation, 35% for hydroelectric power generation, and the remaining 5% for commercial, domestic, industrial, livestock, mining, and other uses. The most water was used in Montrose (3,260 million gal/day), Mesa (1,950 million gal/day), and Gunnison (1,520 million gal/day) Counties. The predominant water uses in these counties were hydroelectric power and irrigation. (USGS)
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Estimated use of water in Colorado, 1985
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 88-4101
DOI 10.3133/wri884101
Edition -
Year Published 1989
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey,
Description xi, 157 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.
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