The total of all water withdrawn by all users from Pennsylvania's surface and ground waters is 9.48 BILLION gallons per day.
And which industries use most of that water? Many would say gas drillers would be the biggest user or near the top of the list.
Marcellus gas drilling uses 1.9 million gallons or about 0.2% of all the daily water withdrawn. They are the smallest major water user in Pennsylvania, ranking 9th out of 9 top users.
The biggest user or Number 1 are power plants at 6.43 billion gallons per day.
Number 2 is public water suppliers at 1.42 billion gallons per day.
The rest of the users are in the millions, not billions category.
Number 3 are industrial users at 770 million gallons per day.
Number 4 is aquaculture at 524 million gallons per day.
Number 5 is domestic water supply (private water wells) at 152 million gallons per day.
Number 6 is mining at 95.7 million gallons per day.
Number 7 is livestock at 61.8 million gallons per day.
Number 8 is irrigation at 24.3 million gallons per day.
And Number 9 are Marcellus Drillers at 1.9 million gallons per day.
All that data comes from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, in an article, entitled Straight Talk, written by its Executive Director, John Arway, and published in the January/February 2011 edition of Pennsylvania Angler & Boater.