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I'm not sure if this is the right site, but I was wondering how much water is released by today's nuclear plants during normal operation.

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    $\begingroup$ In an open circuit, the water returns to the source, a little further downstream, a little hotter. In a closed circuit, it's closed... Steam production is marginal compared to the water cooling $\endgroup$ – user46925 Dec 25 '15 at 21:20
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    $\begingroup$ It's more of an engineering question and igael is correct, it depends on the construction of the power plant. $\endgroup$ – CuriousOne Dec 25 '15 at 22:55