commercial water use

What is commercial water use?

commercial water use meaning water for motels, hotels, restaurants, office buildings, other commercial facilities, military and nonmilitary institutions, and (for 1990 and 1995) offstream fish hatcheries.  Water may be obtained from a public-supply system or may be self-supplied.  Commercial water-use estimates were included in industrial water use until 1985, then were reported as a separate category. Commercial water use estimates were last reported nationally for 1995.

  • 1985: Self-supplied commercial water use first reported as separate category from industrial
  • 1990-1995: Commercial category includes offstream fish hatchery water use for some States
  • 2000 and later: Commercial category not estimated nationally: offstream fish hatchery water use is reported in the Aquaculture category

See also fish-hatchery water use, public-supply water use, public-supply deliveries, industrial water use, and self-supplied water use.


reference: USGS – Water Use Terminology