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1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Dec 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/12/2006   
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The Water Account, Australia, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4610.0) was released in November 2006. It is part of a series of physical environment accounts and focuses on the physical characteristics of Australia's water resources.

Key findings from the publication include:

  • Water consumption in Australia decreased by nearly 3,000 Gigalitres (GL), or 14%, between 2000-01 and 2004-05, largely due to drought.
  • For 2004-05, the Australian economy consumed 18,767 GL. The Agriculture industry accounted for 65% of this, households 11%, water supply industry 11%, manufacturing 3%, mining 2%, and electricity and gas 1%.
  • Total water consumption for NSW was higher than any other State or Territory in 2004-05, amounting to 32% of total water consumption in Australia.
  • In NSW, household water use per capita was 84 Kilolitres (KL), the second lowest of all States and Territories.
  • Household water consumption in NSW and ACT combined decreased by 10% between 2000-01 and 2004-05.
  • Of the total water consumed by the water industry in NSW (11%), water losses constituted the majority.

For further information contact Michael Vardon (02) 6252 7348, or the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, email

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