Investigating Iowaâ€™s Industrial Vulnerability to Reductions in Water Resources
This report investigates degrees of water dependence across various sectors of Iowaâ€™s economy and the possible direct and indirect consequences of drought events on Iowaâ€™s industries. The report is organized into five sections. Part 1 describes patterns of water use by broad economic sector, as measured in gallons of water withdrawn from surface and groundwater sources. Part 2 addresses the importance of water as a means of transportation, examining the types of commodities shipped to and from Iowa by river. Part 3 discusses the consequences of drought on grain and livestock production. Part 4 explores how reductions in agricultural commodity production might impact the stateâ€™s manufacturing sector. Part 5 indentifies industries that may experience changing demand for their own products due to water supply disruptions, including firms that manufacture inputs for water distribution, treatment, or storage systems.
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