Uses of Water

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    Uses of Water


    All living things, including humans, depend on water. These many uses can be harmed or eliminated by pollutants. The EPA and Utah’s Division of Water Quality have created broad categories of these “beneficial uses” for surface waters: Sources of Drinking Water, Recreational uses, Support for aquatic animals and ecosystems, and agricultural uses. Across the country, states and tribes have developed specific, measurable criteria that are used to make sure these beneficial uses are being protected. Drinking water is protected further through rules established by EPA and Utah’s Division of Drinking Water. Below, you’ll find more information on these different uses of water.


     

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    HOUSEHOLD USE AND DRINKING WATER

    Most of us get our drinking water from the tap, but it is important to know where that water comes from. Some households receive water from public water systems and the water is tested regularly. Other households have private wells where the water comes directly from the groundwater. 

    Learn More About Drinking Water

    RECREATION

    Recreational waters include those used for swimming, boating, and fishing. These water bodies are protected for both our health and aesthetics.   

    Learn More About Recreation
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    FISHERIES AND AQUATIC LIFE

    Entire aquatic ecosystems must meet strict water quality criteria to sustain the life that lives in them.

    Learn More About Fisheries 

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    AGRICULTURE 

    About 80% of all of the water in Utah is used for agriculture, including crop irrigation and watering livestock.  

    Learn More About Agriculture and Water

     

     

     


    Hoover DamHYDROPOWER AND OTHER USES 

    Hydropower accounts for 13% of the total energy used in the United States. 

     Learn More About Hydropower