MADISON, Wis. - Madison has been using the least amount of water in 50 years.
The Madison Water Utility reported that in 2017 it pumped 9.4 billion gallons of water, which is the lowest amount of water used since 1967. The city has decreased water consumption, despite having nearly 100,000 more people in 2017 than it did in 1967.
According to the water utility, the city has a greater focus on sustainable water practices and is using more efficient appliances, which may be causing the decrease in water use.
The closing of the Oscar Mayer plant has also affected water usage in Madison, the water utility said. During full production, the plant was the biggest industrial consumer of water, using around 400 million gallons of water a year.
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