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DNR: 1.9 Trillion Gallons of Water Pumped in Wisconsin in '17
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/13/2019

Wisconsin cities, businesses, industries and agricultural operations were among the state's largest users of water in 2017, pumping more than 1.9 trillion gallons of groundwater and surface water. That's according to the Department of Natural Resources, which noted in its annual water use report that measurers the water use of those that have the capacity to pump more than 100,000 gallons of water a day from groundwater or from lakes or rivers.

Of the total groundwater and surface water use in 2017, about 77 percent was for power generation, according to the report. Overall water use in Wisconsin was four percent higher in 2017 than in 2016 due to an increase in power generation and municipal water supply use.

"One of the successes of the Compact has been the ability to track water withdrawals throughout Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region, improving our understanding of water use across the region and its impact on the Great Lakes", says Adam Freihoefer, DNR water use section chief. In 2017, Wisconsin achieved a 96 percent reporting rate from the 14,300 registered water withdrawal sources with 78 percent reporting online.

Wisconsin's water use reporting requirements are part of the Great Lakes Compact, a 10-year-old agreement between the Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces to collectively manage water quantity in the Great Lakes basin.

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