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DNR: 2 Trillion Gallons of Water Pumped in Wisconsin During '18
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/24/2020

Wisconsin power plants, cities, businesses, industries and agricultural operations pumped just under 2 trillion gallons of groundwater and surface water in 2018, according to Department of Natural Resources online data-driven special project on water use. The Wisconsin Water Use project allows the public to learn about 2018 water use data in Wisconsin.

The agency says Wisconsin is a water-rich state with surface water including more than 84,000 river miles, 15,000 lakes and more than 1,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline. The state also has abundant groundwater resources. On average, Wisconsin residents and businesses withdraw about 2 trillion gallons of water annually, enough to fill Lambeau Field about 4,700 times or cover the state with 2 inches of water.

The state's seventh annual water use analysis tallies how many gallons were pumped by municipal water systems, agricultural operations, utilities and other sources that can pump more than 100,000 gallons of water a day from groundwater, lakes or rivers.

Of the total groundwater and surface water use in 2018--about 68 percent came from Lake Michigan, 21 percent from inland lakes and rivers, 11 percent from groundwater and 0.5 percent came from Lake Superior.

The DNR also developed a companion groundwater online special project that explains groundwater and highlights the major aquifers in Wisconsin.

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