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CONSUMPTIVE WATER USE

Water removed from available supplies without return to a water resources system; water used in manufacturing, agriculture, and food preparation. Consumptive water use is viewed as any kind of water use that accumulates water from a water source. Additionally, water that is not able to evaporate due to being engulfed in plants, mixed in with crops or products, ingested by animals or humans, or just separated indefinitely from the water environment.