4610.0 - Water Account, Australia, 2008-09  
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Water Account Australia 2008–09
Murray-Darling Basin

    • Water consumption in the Murray-Darling Basin in 2008–09, amounted to 6,152 GL or 44% of total water consumption in Australia. This compared to 9,668 GL in 2004–05 or a decrease of 36%.
    • The Agriculture industry in the Murray-Darling Basin consumed 3,843 GL or 55%, of the total volume consumed by agriculture for Australia.
    • This gross value of irrigated agricultural production in the Murray-Darling Basin declined by 21% from $5,522 million in 2005-06 to $4,349 million in 2008–09. The 2008–09 value represents 36% of the total gross value of irrigated agricultural production in Australia.
    • Household consumption of water was 190 GL in 2008–09, or 3% of total water consumption. Household water consumption in the Murray-Darling Basin is virtually unchanged since 2004–05 (189 GL).
    • Household water use per capita was 89 kL, a decrease from 94 kL per capita in 2004–05.
    • Water losses in the distribution process amounted to 1,630 GL or 17% of distributed water supply for the Murray-Darling Basin.
    • The Electricity and Gas Supply industry consumed only 847 ML of water in the Murray-Darling Basin in 2008–09. In-stream use of water, mostly for hydro-electricity in the Electricity and Gas Supply industry was 9,169 GL, representing 21% of the Australian total in-stream water use in this industry.