What sector uses water most?

Grade level: 3rd – 5th

Skills: Bar graph

Related environmental issues: Water

Area level: National

The bar graph below shows how water is used in the United States everyday.

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  1. What is a good estimate of water used for agriculture? a) 50,000 million gallons  b) 130,000 million gallons  c) 200,000 million gallons
  2.  What sector uses water more than raising water creatures but less than businesses & schools?
  3. How many sectors use more than 100,000 million gallons of water everyday?
  4. Approximately how much more water is used for electricity generation than businesses & schools?  a) 100,000 million gallons b) 120,000 million gallons c) 150,000 million gallons

Source: US Geological Survey


Answer keys

  1. b
  2. Industry
  3. 2
  4. c