4610.0 - Water Account, Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/11/2011
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This section examines the consumption of water by the Agriculture industry. Water used in agriculture includes water applied through the irrigation of crops and pastures, or fed to livestock. Water can be directly extracted from the environment by farmers (e.g. from bores, on-farm dams, rivers) or supplied by water providers (e.g. irrigation authorities). The consumption of direct rainfall water is not included in this section. Since Agriculture does not use water in-stream, or supply water to other users, total water use is equal to water consumption.
Users often find additional value in analysing water use information related to agricultural activities/commodities - these data are provided in the Appendix. Editions of the Water Account Australia (WAA) prior to 2008–09 presented an activity view of agriculture and are directly comparable to the data in the Appendix.
To calculate the amount of water consumed by the Agriculture industry, the ABS has used data on:
Additional detail on the methodology is found in the Explanatory Notes.
The main findings of this section are: