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Surface water sources such as rivers and lakes currently supply 34 percent for the state’s water needs. Public supply systems provide drinking water to 93 percent of the people of Arkansas and 66 percent of this water comes from surface sources. The state as a whole uses over 3.9 billion gallons per day of surface water. As the population of the state continues to increase the most likely source for more water will be the lakes and rivers of the state. The greatest single use of water in Arkansas but that does not consume it is for hydroelectric power generation at dams. Some 62 billion gallons a day produce this power and then return the water back into the rivers.

Beaver Dam in Carroll County
Beaver Dam in Carroll County on the White River is an example of multiple uses for surface water.  The dam creates Beaver Lake for flood control, public water supply and recreation along with electrical power generation.


Holland, T.W., 2007, Water use in Arkansas, 2005: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific
InvestigationsReport 2007-5241

Howard, J.M., Colton, G.W., and Prior, W.L., eds., 1997, Mineral, fossil-fuel, and water
resources of Arkansas: Arkansas Geological Commission Bulletin 24

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