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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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Contents >> Water supply sewerage and drainage >> Net water supply, Water discharges

NET WATER SUPPLY
 
Net water supply is the quantity of water actually supplied to users in the economy and equates to total distributed water less bulk water, losses, environmental flows and own use by the Water supply industry.
 
The table below presents the total net water supply, by States and Territories, in 2009–10, both for distributed water and reuse water. Net distributed water supply was 6,870 GL while net distributed reuse water was 247 GL.
 

NET DISTRIBUTED AND REUSE WATER SUPPLY, by type of provider — 2009–10

  NSW  
  Vic.  
  Qld  
  SA  
  WA  
  Tas.  
  NT  
  ACT  
  Aust.  
  ML  
  ML  
  ML  
  ML  
  ML  
  ML  
  ML  
  ML  
  ML  

Distributed water
Major urban
548 845
442 610
301 430
185 465
335 882
79 084
48 377
37 794
1 979 487
Non-major urban
130 988
428 289
96 183
                -   
9 574
                -   
                -   
                -   
665 034
Minor urban
87 965
                -   
153 854
2 838
227
                -   
                -   
                -   
244 884
Irrigation/rural
1 368 545
933 126
1 231 572
141 185
190 119
16 702
                -   
                -   
3 881 249
Other
4 704
2 364
76 564
938
9 958
1 392
3 709
                -   
99 629
Total
2 141 047
1 806 389
1 859 603
330 426
545 760
97 178
52 086
37 794
6 870 283
Reuse water
Major urban
21 511
18 246
32 034
22 591
14 700
3 871
1 233
198
114 384
Non-major urban
18 051
13 219
14 859
                -   
                -   
                -   
                -   
                -   
46 129
Minor urban
8 443
                -   
5 851
726
52
                -   
                -   
                -   
15 072
Irrigation/rural
52 570
12 515
762
5 492
                -   
                -   
                -   
                -   
71 339
Other
                -   
                -   
                -   
                -   
                -   
                -   
                -   
                -   
                -   
Total
100 575
43 980
53 506
28 809
14 752
3 871
1 233
198
246 924
Total
Major urban
570 356
460 856
333 464
208 056
350 582
82 955
49 610
37 992
2 093 871
Non-major urban
149 039
441 508
111 042
                -   
9 574
                -   
                -   
                -   
711 163
Minor urban
96 408
                -   
159 705
3 564
279
                -   
                -   
                -   
259 956
Irrigation/rural
1 421 115
945 641
1 232 334
146 677
190 119
16 702
                -   
                -   
3 952 588
Other
4 704
2 364
76 564
938
9 958
1 392
3 709
                -   
99 629
Total
2 241 622
1 850 369
1 913 109
359 235
560 512
101 049
53 319
37 992
7 117 207


 
 
WATER DISCHARGES
 
In Australia, the total volume of regulated discharge (see Explanatory Notes 18-19) to the environment in 2009–10 was 51,912 GL. The Electricity and gas supply industry discharged about 95% of this total or 49,470 GL due mainly to the large amount of water used in hydro-electric power generation. The Water supply industry accounted for nearly 3% (1,593 GL) of the total water discharges. Of these discharges, 38% (606 GL) occurred in New South Wales, 22% (350 GL) were in Queensland and 20% (315 GL) were in Victoria.
 
The table and graph below show water discharges made by the Water supply industry to various water bodies. Of the total 1,593 GL of water discharged by the industry in 2009–10, about 68% was discharged to the sea, 30% to inland surface water and 1% to groundwater.
 

REGULATED DISCHARGE(a)(b), by discharge point — 2009–10  

  NSW  
  Vic.  
  Qld  
  SA  
  WA  
  Tas.  
  NT  
  ACT  
  Aust.  
  ML  
  ML  
  ML  
  ML  
  ML  
  ML  
  ML  
  ML  
  ML  

  Surface water  
144 926
56 158
202 611
1 084
60 038
15 883
1 380
817
482 897
  Groundwater  
13 074
                -   
3 082
2 181
1 579
                -   
1 450
                -   
21 366
  Sea water  
448 192
259 324
143 920
70 840
128 410
20 477
18 068
-
1 089 231
  Total  
606 192
315 482
349 613
74 105
190 027
36 360
20 898
817
1 593 494

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Includes waste and drainage water discharged.  
(b) Water supply, sewerage and drainage industry only.  

REGULATED DISCHARGE(a), Water supply industry, by receiving body2009–10




 

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