A 92-page study was released by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce about the water and economic development in Indiana. The six-month study covered a variety of topics which includes the amount of water each county uses and how the water is being used, some of the areas include:
- Public supply
- Rural use
The graph below shows the water usage for the state of Indiana. The different areas of water usage are color-coded. The green dots represent irrigation and Kosciusko County is primarily green. A few blue spots are seen as well which represents public supply.
The study also predicts what the water usage will be by the year 2050 for each county. This study was done in 2012 when Indiana was in a drought due to record setting temperatures and limited precipitation.
So what does the study say Kosciusko County water usage will be by the year 2050?
Kosciusko County’s predicted water usage will be approximately 6,113 million gallons of water per year more than the number released in 2012, for a total of 16,323 million gallons.
In 2012, Kosciusko County used 10,210 million gallons of water. If Kosciusko is compared to other counties in the area, there is a large difference.
Jefferson County used 450,673 million gallons of water in 2012. That is almost 45 times higher than Kosciusko. Kosciusko used 65.7% of its water in 2012 for irrigation. Jefferson County used 0% for irrigation.
Jefferson County used 99.5% of its water from surface water while Kosciusko used 7.1% of its surface water.
The study goes into more detail about different ways to conserve and maintain water usage. For more information about water usage for each county or more information about the findings from the 2012 study click here.
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