Water Consumption and Usage
How much water is used and what it is used for. These publications include information on groundwater, and water use within agriculture and Marcellus Shale gas development. Topics also cover the Susquehanna, Ohio, and Delaware river basins.
The Ohio River Basin Commission has the authority to regulate water usage within the Ohio River Basin. As of 2002, there are no water quantity use restrictions in the Ohio River Basin.
Information on the volume of water needed for various agricultural purposes, where adequate water supplies can be found, how to locate groundwater, and the regulation of consumptive water uses in Pennsylvania.
The Delaware River Basin Commission defines Consumptive Use as "water used by vegetation in the process of growth, including that stored in the body of the plant and that dissipated from its leaf and body surfaces by transpiration, or water incorporated in a product or animal."
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission has the authority to regulate water usage within the Susquehanna River Basin. If your farm or production unit is located in the Susquehanna River Basin and use a large quantity of water for crop irrigation or animal production, you may need to register your water usage with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.
Groundwater is an important source of water for households, businesses, industries, and farms across Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, human overuse and contamination is increasingly threatening groundwater. This publication will help you understand where groundwater comes from, how it is used, and how the future use of groundwater in Pennsylvania is at risk.
Interstate conflict over water resources is growing in the Mid-Atlantic region. As population increases and industries and energy sources shift, water becomes in greater demand. This publication was written to give readers an understanding of river basin commissions and other regional water management institutions, their powers, and stakeholders; basinwide water management issues; and how stakeholders can more effectively participate in these bodies’ decisions.
This publication, part of the Marcellus Education Fact Sheet series, is an introduction to Pennsylvania's water resources and the impact of deep well drilling on those resources. Information presented includes the basics of Marcellus shale and its development for natural gas, institutions governing interstate waters in Pennsylvania, and water quality issues related to gas drilling.