On average, Ohio’s residents, cities, farms, industries, and powerplants withdraw over 13 billion gallons of water each day (USGS Water Use Data for Ohio, 2015). That is nearly 5 trillion gallons of water used every year! Ohio’s ground water, rivers, and lakes provide abundant sources of water for the people and businesses of this state when managed well. One of the most effective and accessible ways of preserving our water resources is through water conservation.
Water conservation and efficiency saves money and is essential to maintaining our water supply during drought period shortages. The graph below shows the total ground and surface water use of all water users registered in ODNR’s Water Withdrawal Facility Registration Program (facilities with a capacity of 100,000 gallons per day or more). In 2008, Ohio joined the other seven Great Lakes states in approving the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. As a result of this Compact, Ohio established a Water Conservation and Efficiency Program and has been working since to expand research, promote the efficient use of water, and build a sustainable future of water use practices. As shown below, Ohio continues to make progress toward these goals.
We would love to hear from you! Best management practices and water conservation and efficiency research can be shared with ODNR staff at WIPP@dnr.ohio.gov. We encourage and welcome input from the public, water use managers, and water withdrawal facility owners on their water conservation efforts.
Looking for ways to conserve on energy too? Please visit Ohio Public Utilities Commission’s Energy and Water Conservation Tips for more information.