Good news. Even though the US population has increased, the amount of water being used has decreased. While population rose 4%, water consumption fell 9% to a level from 45 years ago. Congratulate the folks that are being using less water, whether through active conservation or through passive acts like low-flow faucets, toilet,s and showerheads. People should thanked, but irrigation and power generation use far more water; hence, the thanks go to farmers and power companies. More efficient power alternatives and the closing of old, more wasteful power plants are major drivers. Geographically, the biggest effects remaining are the states of California, Texas, Idaho, and Florida – each with its own mix of uses. For a more personal perspective, imagine how much more can be saved from the existing usage of 82 gallons per person per day.