Which States Use the Most Water?

By HomeAdvisor

Updated August 10, 2020

Discussions about sustainability come up regularly in the news and popular culture. From crises like California’s drought, to initiatives like solar power and electric vehicles, green upgrades are a popular and sometimes necessary way to reduce energy use. But did you know that making these changes at home can save you money in the short- and long-term?

This is especially true with water – in fact, there are several water-saving home renovations that can save you hundreds of dollars annual. For example: If you update your older washing machine to an energy-efficient model, you can save upwards of $135 every year. Before it’s time for home winterization, have your water heater inspected, especially if it’s been a few years. A new model can help slash your utility bill up to 1%. If you’re looking for a DIY project that helps you save, install or a replace a new shower head that’s low-flow – but don’t hesitate to call in for help if you need a hand. Appliance installation companies near you can help get the job done.

Maybe you’re wondering how much water you really use. Are the investments worth it? One way to know is to check out how much water your state uses. In the infographic below, you’ll find a breakdown of water usage and withdrawals by state and by the highest populated county in each state. We took a look at the categories of domestic per capita water use, industrial, irrigation, livestock, aquaculture and thermoelectric.

Water Usage by State

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  1. keithga, July 31:

    King county is in Washington state not Virginia.

  2. Tobin Fekkes, July 31:

    Washington’s label, with King County, got axed in favor of two Virginias. Copy and paste, perhaps?

  3. Timothy McClanahan, July 31:

    Why is Washington state missing on the list?

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