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Learn About Water Issues

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Overview

Our country’s energy infrastructure, especially in the Southeast, is extremely water intensive. Water is a current and future constraint for existing and proposed new power plants in many areas of the region. Growing populations and expanding industries mean water is increasingly less available for use in energy production. Coal and nuclear power plants, in particular, are highly water intensive energy choices that not only require large volumes of water but also pollute our lakes, rivers, and streams. As changes to the climate continue and competition for water increases, these precious water resources are likely to be at even greater risk. Making the right energy choices today will protect our limited water resources for generations to come.

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