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Water Use in Colorado

The future health and welfare of the Nation's population is dependent upon a continuing supply of uncontaminated fresh water. Increasing withdrawals and increasing demands for instream flows are limiting the water available for future use. More comprehensive water-use data and analysis of water-use information are needed to quantify the stress on existing supplies and to better model and evaluate possible water-supply management options to supplement traditional water-supply approaches.

The USGS compiles water-use data from numerous sources for all parts of the county, and since 1950 has published a series of Circulars on the estimated use of water in the United States at 5-year intervals. These Circulars contain State-level estimates of the amount of public- and self-supplied water used for commercial, domestic, industrial, irrigation, livestock, mining, power generation, and other purposes. The water-use data collected and compiled in Colorado are an integral part of the nationwide assessment of water supply and demand.

Freshwater Use in Colorado, 2010

Source - Estimated Use of Water in the United States County-Level Data for 2010

(Population is in thousands; Water-use values are in million gallons per day (Mgal/d))
County Population Ground-water use Surface-water use Total water use
Adams 441.603 29.60 201.30 230.90
Alamosa 15.445 118.55 33.86 152.41
Arapahoe 572.003 34.36 152.63 186.99
Archuleta 12.084 1.24 58.03 59.27
Baca 3.788 98.14 0.10 98.24
Bent 6.499 16.52 135.91 152.43
Boulder 294.567 0.83 230.78 231.61
Broomfield 55.889 0.00 6.40 6.40
Chaffee 17.809 2.41 99.44 101.85
Cheyenne 1.836 34.23 3.30 37.53
Clear Creek 9.088 0.49 1.33 1.82
Conejos 8.256 67.28 315.22 382.50
Costilla 3.524 34.49 105.42 139.91
Crowley 5.823 5.04 8.69 13.73
Custer 4.255 0.55 26.69 27.24
Delta 30.952 4.63 354.88 359.51
Denver 600.158 1.42 149.12 150.54
Dolores 2.064 0.21 5.34 5.55
Douglas 285.465 26.82 24.74 51.56
Eagle 52.197 4.96 132.93 137.89
Elbert 23.086 5.27 8.53 13.80
El Paso 622.263 23.86 92.25 116.11
Fremont 46.824 1.44 144.77 146.21
Garfield 56.389 4.10 257.28 261.38
Gilpin 5.441 0.71 2.65 3.36
Grand 14.843 1.31 185.22 186.53
Gunnison 15.324 4.15 558.59 562.74
Hinsdale 0.843 1.28 29.13 30.41
Huerfano 6.711 0.31 37.95 38.26
Jackson 1.394 0.29 347.32 347.61
Jefferson 534.543 6.62 71.68 78.30
Kiowa 1.398 5.45 0.07 5.52
Kit Carson 8.270 130.11 0.37 130.48
Lake 7.310 2.01 12.65 14.66
La Plata 51.334 2.09 333.87 335.96
Larimer 299.630 3.71 408.73 412.44
Las Animas 15.507 1.18 70.07 71.25
Lincoln 5.467 3.47 1.00 4.47
Logan 22.709 58.66 105.52 164.18
Mesa 146.723 1.26 753.47 754.73
Mineral 0.712 0.71 17.77 18.48
Moffat 13.795 1.95 167.74 169.69
Montezuma 25.535 0.73 254.34 255.07
Montrose 41.276 1.37 701.49 702.86
Morgan 28.159 27.14 158.61 185.75
Otero 18.831 23.96 412.83 436.79
Ouray 4.436 1.43 109.56 110.99
Park 16.206 2.11 22.29 24.40
Phillips 4.442 58.81 0.10 58.91
Pitkin 17.148 1.31 122.05 123.36
Prowers 12.551 46.77 105.49 152.26
Pueblo 159.063 16.06 272.81 288.87
Rio Blanco 6.666 2.14 253.04 255.18
Rio Grande 11.982 141.12 438.08 579.20
Routt 23.509 1.26 202.74 204.00
Saguache 6.108 157.08 113.84 270.92
San Juan 0.699 0.28 1.28 1.56
San Miguel 7.359 0.77 37.17 37.94
Sedgwick 2.379 15.81 45.61 61.42
Summit 27.994 2.99 65.71 68.70
Teller 23.350 1.74 5.86 7.60
Washington 4.814 58.57 13.64 72.21
Weld 252.825 20.32 441.28 461.60
Yuma 10.043 215.16 5.58 220.74

 

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