The following datasets are informing the Energy Department's work on the Water Security Grand Challenge.
Energy Information Administration (EIA) Thermoelectric Cooling Water Data
EIA’s thermoelectric cooling water data set links monthly water withdrawal, electricity generation, and plant configuration data at the power plant cooling unit level. This data is collected through surveys. The dataset also includes survey entries related to power plant cooling system operations—most notably, hours of cooling system operations.
United States Geological Survey (USGS) National Water Information System
The USGS collects and provides real time sensor data on surface water flows, groundwater levels, and water quality at approximately 1.9 million sites in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. In addition, every five years, the USGS compiles data at the county level into a national water-use data system, with use categories that include public supply, domestic (public-supplied and self-supplied), irrigation, thermoelectric power, industrial, mining, livestock, and aquaculture.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Watersheds Needs Survey
In 2012, the EPA worked with states to collect and enter data on more than 27,000 wastewater facilities and water quality projects. This Clean Watersheds Needs Survey data includes the quantity of wastewater moving through the facility and current or proposed processes for water treatment.