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Water Data from the U.S. Government

Recently a colleague asked me what water things to add to his new data-heavy knowledge base.

I recommended these sources of data from the U.S. government:

The following are some EPA databases that don’t work:

  • permits for water discharge (e.g. apparently there are none for New York, NY);
  • water quality of streams (processed water) — the better database on this is the one that Charles Duhigg and the NY Times compiled using the Freedom of Information Act, but it’s not available to the public.

For the finances of water utilities, see:

Someday someone will provide water data as good as what the EIA provides for energy.

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