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Water Balance - The flow of water in and out of a system.
Water Budget - A Water Budget uses simple accounting to compare how much water goes into and out of a system. When more water is taken out than is replenished, the system may experience stress.
Water Demand - Water demand is an estimate of actual water use.
Water Level - A measurement of depth to water in a well or an elevation of water in a water body or a well. It is made with water level tape or other sensor. Water level accuracy depends on how well the well collar is surveyed and other considerations.
Water Management - A framework to enable water planning, allocation and Framework management of water resources.
Water Management Plan - A plan that provides guidance for water management and sets out clear and strategic directions for how water should be managed.
Water Use - Volume or rate of water diverted or withdrawn from a water body (e.g. a stream, lake, or groundwater aquifer) for use by humans on the land surface. Actual water use is determined through direct measurement.
Water Well - A hole in the ground for the purpose of obtaining groundwater; “work type” as defined by AEW includes test hole, chemistry, deepened, well inventory, federal well survey, reconditioned, reconstructed, new, old well-test.
Watershed - The geographic area of land that drains water to a shared destination. The boundary is determined topographically by ridges, or high elevation points. Water flows downhill, so mountains and ridge tops define watershed boundaries.
Watershed Stress Assessment - Water use is sustainable when supply and demand are in balance. When demand outstrips supply, a watershed can experience stress. Stress can also be seasonal and variable. Surface water stress compares the total demand and minimum conservation flows to the amount of natural water supply and storage.

 

See also
Acronyms & Units, Water 101