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1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/09/2010   
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Water (inland)

WATER CONSUMPTION PER PERSON

The volume of water consumed by industry and households in Australia, relative to the nation's total population, illustrates the intensity of water usage in Australia.

In 2004-05, Australia consumed 920 kL of water per capita. This figure includes water used in agriculture, by other industries, and by households. On a per person basis, the 2004-05 water consumption is 18% lower than in 2000-01 (1,100 kL per capita).

Average household water use also declined over this period. In 2004-05, 103 kL per capita was used by households compared to 117 kL per capita in 2000-01. This period saw the introduction of domestic water restrictions and reduced availability of water for agricultural purposes. Agricultural water consumption per person has also decreased over this time, from 772 kL per capita in 2000-01 to 598 kL per capita in 2004-05.

While there has been a decline in water consumption per person between 2000-01 and 2004-05, there does appear to be some variability in this indicator. A continued decline over several time periods would be needed to show a sustained improvement in this indicator.

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