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Water Supply

Electronic Resources Accessible from DOI Locations Only

EBSCO Online

  • GreenFILE

Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • Water: Science and Issues

    The link will open the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Water: Science and Issues can be found under the 'Environment' tab.
Other titles related to water in the Gale Virtual Reference Library include:
    • Encyclopedia of Geology
    • Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences
    • Gale Encyclopedia of Science 
    • Pollution A to Z

Web Sites -- Table of Contents


  • U.S. Water News
    This service for the water and wastewater treatment industries covers water supply, water quality, wastewaster treatment, water policy and legislation, litigation and water rights, conservation, climate, international water news, and more.

  • Water Strategist Community
    Experienced editors read and sort the news to give you only water news for the Western states and Federal agencies affecting water policy.

  • WaterTech Online
    Contains a large number of recent stories affecting the water industry. Stories appearing since 1998 are archived.



  • University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute Library

  • Water Resources Center Archives
    The Water Resources Center Archives collects contemporary and historic materials on all aspects of water resources. The UC Riverside campus (UCR) is partnering with California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) to continue to provide access to and development of this world-renowned collection. UCR and CSUSB plan to build a statewide collaborative network that will enhance access to WRCA's unique materials.


Interesting Sources

  • Environmental Federal Register Summaries
    Produced by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

  • The Great Lakes: An Environmental Atlas and Resource Book

  • Surf Your Watershed
    Makes information available by geographic unit, which includes state, watershed (Surf's primary focus), county, metro area, and tribe. Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • ToxMap
    "Environmental health e-maps" presented by the National Library of Medicine. Data sources include the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory and the Superfund program.

  • Utah Water Atlas
    Developed by the Utah Water Research Laboratory, Utah State University

  • Water and Climate Bibliography
    Produced by the Pacific Institute, this bibliography is a comprehensive database of scientific literature pertaining to climate change and freshwater resources worldwide. It contains more than 4,300 entries and is updated periodically.

  • The Watershed Academy
    The Watershed Academy is a focal point in EPA's Office of Water for providing training and information on implementing watershed approaches.

  • WaterWiser
    A water efficiency clearinghouse, provided by the American Water Works Association

  • WaterWorld
    "The resource for the municipal water/wastewater industries"

  • Western Waters Digital Library
    Contains government reports, classic water literature, legal transcripts, water project records, personal papers, photographic collections, and video materials about the Columbia, Colorado, Platte, and Rio Grande river basins.


Water Law

  • The Law of the Colorado River
    The Colorado River is managed and operated under numerous compacts, federal laws, court decisions and decrees, contracts, and regulatory guidelines collectively known as the "Law of the River." Produced by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

  • Native American Water Rights in Arizona
    The University of Arizona Library is digitizing primary source documents relating to water rights for the Navajo, Hopi, and Pima Indian tribes in Arizona.

  • Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database
    This site contains a searchable database of summaries and full text of water-related treaties and a database of interstate compacts within the United States.

  • Water Law Research Guide
    Prepared by the Georgetown University Law Center Law Library. It describes resources in the Georgetown Law Library and on the Internet for researching water law at the federal and state level.


Water Supply

  • Central Arizona Project
    Redirects water from the Colorado River to counties in Arizona

  • Current Hydrologic Conditions
    From the National Weather Service

  • Desalination: Status and Federal Issues
    CRS Report for Congress, December 30, 2009, by Nicole T. Carter, Congressional Research Service.

  • Drought in the United States: Causes and Issues for Congress
    CRS Report for Congress, March 2, 2009, by Peter Folger, Betsy Cody, and Nicole T. Carter, Congressional Research Service.

  • Impaired Waters and Total Maximum Daily Loads
    Produced by the Environmental Protection Agency. Total Maximum Daily Load is a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards.

  • National Drinking Water Contaminant Occurence Database

  • National Water Information System
    The United States Geological Survey has collected water-resources data at approximately 1.5 million sites across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Surface-water data, such as gage height (stage) and streamflow (discharge), are collected at major rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Ground-water data, such as water level, are collected at wells and springs.

    Water-quality data are available for both surface water and ground water. Examples of water-quality data collected are temperature, specific conductance, pH, nutrients, pesticides, and volatile organic compounds. This web site serves current and historical data. Data are retrieved by category of data, such as surface water, ground water, or water quality, and by geographic area.

  • Projects and Facilities Database
    The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's portal for information on dams, powerplants and projects. Reclamation projects, substantially complete and in operation, are reviewed in detail with considerable attention to history, costs, beneficiaries, engineering, water data, and productivity.

  • Real-Time Water Data
    From the U.S. Geological Survey.

  • U.S. Drought Portal
    The U.S. Drought Portal is part of the National Drought Policy Commission's efforts to disseminate information on anticipated droughts and drought risk management. The site includes maps, data tools, events, news, graphs, and educational resources for primary and secondary school students and above.


Federal and State Government Programs