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Water Use & Conservation

More than 8.9 billion gallons of water are withdrawn each day from the lakes, rivers, streams, estuaries and groundwaters of New York State (excluding Nassau and Suffolk counties) for uses that include public supply, thermoelectric power generation, agriculture, commercial/industrial, recreational and more.

Pie charts of total water use by category in NYS for 2012
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Thermoelectric power is by far the most significant of all water use categories, accounting for more than 70% of total water withdrawn. Public water supply accounts for the next largest use at 20%. Five percent of water used is for industrial and commercial purposes. Agricultural water use comes to less than 1% of state-wide water use.

Water use data is from actual 2012 water use reports submitted to NYSDEC under the Water Withdrawal Reporting program.

Water Conservation Efforts

Water is a valuable limited resource that must be used efficiently in order to meet the challenge of supporting the varied and increasing water uses of New Yorkers. We use water for drinking, irrigation, producing electricity, cooking, manufacturing industrial products, cleaning, and more. Large and small users alike must take part in reducing their consumption of this vital resource. Conserving water saves energy and money, helps protect and preserve the environment, and helps meet future needs. The right margin of this page contains several links describing how to reduce our consumption of water and programs available to help foster that goal.

Water Conservation Requirements for NYSDEC Water Withdrawal Permits

All applications for water withdrawal permits require a Water Conservation Program to demonstrate an applicant's water conservation and efficiency measures. These must be environmentally sound, economically feasible and minimize inefficiencies and water losses. For more information, please visit the Water Conservation Requirements webpage where Water Conservation Manuals and forms are available.


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