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4610.0 - Water Account, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
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MEDIA RELEASE
27 November 2012
Embargo: 11:30 am (Canberra Time)
187/2012

Australian's water consumption decreases yet prices rise

Household water prices have risen 17 per cent in the last year while total household water consumption dropped by eight per cent, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publication released today.

ABS Director of Environmental Accounts, Mark Lound, said the latest Water Account Australia publication looks at the costs and consumption of water for the 2010-11 period.

“We found the average price of water for households increased to $2.44 per kilolitre in 2010-11 from $2.10 per kilolitre in 2009-10,” Mr Lound said.


“Consumption in households decreased eight per cent to 1,699 gigalitres, compared to 1,844 gigalitres in 2009-10.

“With the rise in price of water came a fall in total consumption for Australia which decreased one per cent to 13,337 gigalitres, down slightly from 13,515 gigalitres in 2009-10.

“The Agriculture industry accounted for over half of Australia’s total water consumption using 7,175 gigalitres which represented a three per cent increase from 2009-10.

“Australia also did more with the water it consumed. At current prices, there was a nine per cent increase in the industry value added per gigalitre of water consumed, to $113 million per gigalitre in 2010-11 from $103 million in 2009-10,” Mr Lound said.

Further details, including state summaries, can be found in
Water Account Australia, 2010-11 (cat. no. 4610.0), available for free download from the ABS website www.abs.gov.au

Media note: When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.

Water consumption
Household consumption (gigalitres)
Agricultural consumption (gigalitres)
Total consumption (gigalitres)

2010-11
2009-10
Percentage change
2010-11
2009-10
Percentage change
2010-11
2009-10
Percentage change
1,699
1,844
-8%
7,175
6,987
+3%
13,337
13,515
-1%

Water prices


Household price ($/kilolitres)
Agricultural price ($/kilolitres)
Total price ($/kilolitres)

2010-11
2009-10
Percentage change
2010-11
2009-10
Percentage change
2010-11
2009-10
Percentage change
2.44
2.10
+17%
0.14
0.11
+25%
1.03
0.82
+25%

Industry consumption of water 2010-11

Industry
Percentage of Australia’s total water consumption

Agriculture
54%
Manufacturing
5%
Mining
4%


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