Forestry and Natural Resources

Water Withdrawal Amounts in South Carolina

Clemson Extension Program Team

Natural Resources - Water Resources

Publication Date

Winter 2-9-2023

Publication Number

LGP 1157


Access to plentiful clean water is critical to life and for economic activity. Understanding how water is used and how much water is withdrawn from various sources will help sustainably manage water supplies into the future. Water is commonly used in SC for drinking water; irrigation of crops and golf courses; production of electricity; manufacturing, mining, recreation; and support of aquatic ecosystems. By a significant margin, South Carolina’s largest withdrawal of water is for energy production and overall, water users throughout the state rely heavily on surface water sources.

Publication Type



Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension

Publisher City

Clemson, SC

Target Audiences

water resource professionals, local government staff, elected officials, river basin council members/potential members, water users