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Water is one of the most important engineering materials used by industry. Without an adequate supply of water of acceptable quality, virtually no industry can exist. In a very real sense, man's industrial progress can be traced by charting his utilization of the water resources of the earth. Our future industrial progress will depend in large measure on our rational use of water. A reliable water supply is a basic consideration in the selection of a site for any industrial plant. This chapter will discuss the sources and distribution of water available for industrial use in the United States. For the purpose of discussion, the total water supply may be subdivided into precipitation, runoff, groundwater, and saline water.