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    non-consumptive use

    A water use is considered non-consumptive when the water remains in or is immediately returned to the location in a stream or aquifer from which it was extracted. For example, hydroelectric power generation and recreational uses are considered to be a non-consumptive uses of water.  Water used for cooling power plants is also relatively non-consumptive, although the water returned to the water body is often significantly warmer.

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