According to a new report from the United States Geological Survey, via Just Means, water use in the United States has fallen by a whopping 13% since 2005 and is currently at its lowest level in 45 years. This is especially important news considering the severe drought that’s plaguing the Western portions of the United States, most notably California.
The American people consumer around 355 billion gallons of water every day for various uses. While that may seem like a lot, and in reality it is a massive sum, that number is significantly smaller than the 410 billion it was previously, due in large part to the numerous conservation measures that have been taken, as well as new technologies, according to Popular Science.
“Reaching this 45-year low shows the positive trends in conservation that stem from improvements in water-use technologies and management,” Mike Connor, deputy secretary of the Interior, said in a statement, as quoted by All Gov. “Even as the US population continues to grow, people are learning to be more water conscious and do their part to help sustain the limited freshwater resources in the country.”