The Floridan aquifer is coastal Georgia’s primary source of water for municipal purposes, commercial operations, and industrial uses. Of these users, industry is responsible for approximately 41% of all withdrawals in the 11-county coastal region.
The coastal region is home to only 20 industries that have permits to use groundwater, and the industries are concentrated in only 6 counties (Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty and Wayne.) Our data analyses are built on public information available about industrial water withdrawals between 2005 and 2018. (Click here to read about the analyses.)
Finding: Generally, industries in the 11-county coastal region are using less water than they were in 2005. The most significant reductions in industrial water withdrawals occurred in the most water-stressed areas on the coast, known as the Red Zone – Chatham and Effingham County, with noteworthy reductions in Glynn County, as well.