the quantity of water not available for reuse. Evapotranspiration, evaporation, incorporation into plant tissue, and infiltration into groundwater are some of the reasons water may not be available for reuse.
Consumptive use: The difference between the total quantity of water withdrawn from a source for any use and the quantity of water returned to the source; e.g.
consumptive use : Water removed from available supplies without direct return to a water resource system for uses such as manufacturing, agriculture, and food preparation.
C consumptive use (of water)
Definition (english only)
Water abstracted which is no longer available for use because it has evaporated, transpired, been incorporated into products and crops, or consumed by man or livestock.
consumptive use A use of water in which water is removed from available supplies without direct return to a water resource system.
consumptive irrigation requirement ...
delivery/release The amount of water delivered to the point of use and the amount released after use; the difference between these amounts is usually the same as the consumptive use. See also consumptive use.
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