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Absolute ownership doctrine   

Agricultural drought   

Aquifer   

Artificial recharge   

Atmospheric water   

Baseflow   

Climate   

Climate change   

Climate variability   

Commercial water use   

Community water system   

Cone of depression   

Conjunctive water use   

Consumptive use   

Conveyance loss   

Delivery/release   

Diversion   

Doctrine of prior appropriation   

Doctrine of riparian rights   

Domestic water use   

Drawdown   

Drought   

Economic drought   

Effluent   

Evapotranspiration   

Groundwater   

Groundwater mining   

Groundwater runoff   

Hydroelectric power water use   

Hydrologic cycle   

Hydrologic drought   

Impact(s)   

Impounding reservoir   

In-channel or on-channel reservoir   

Induced recharge   

Industrial water use   

Infiltration   

Instream use   

Interbasin transfer   

Interception   

Interference   

Interflow   

Irrigation water use   

Livestock water use   

Meteorological or precipitation drought   

Minimum instream flow   

Mining water use   

Non-community water system   

Non-consumptive use   

Non-public water system   

Non-transient, non-community water system   

Off-channel reservoir   

Offstream use   

Optimum yield   

Overdraft   

Overland flow   

Per capita use   

Potable water   

Practical sustained yield   

Precipitation   

Private water system   

Public water system   

Radius of influence   

Recharge   

Renewability or renewable yield   

Reservoir gross yield   

Reservoir net yield   

Reservoir yield   

Return flow   

Rule of reasonable use   

Runoff   

Safe yield   

Seepage   

Self-supplied water   

Semi-private water system   

Service area population   

Side-channel reservoir   

Streamflow   

Surface runoff   

Surface water   

Sustainability   

Thermoelectric-power water use   

Tile-drain water   

Total dissolved solids (TDS)   

Wastewater   

Water availability   

Water budget   

Water conservation   

Water demand   

Water loss   

Water quality   

Water return or return flow   

Water reuse   

Water supply   

Water supply capacity   

Water supply management   

Water supply planning   

Water table   

Water use   

Water withdrawal   

Watershed   

Wetland   

Yield   

Zone of saturation   

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