Water Account, Australia presents information on the physical and monetary supply and use of water in the Australian economy, compiled in accordance with the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA). Water Account, Australia also provides information on the water use and consumptive practices of key industries ('Agriculture', 'Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Services') and households.
During 2012-13 an estimated 82,297 GL of water was extracted from the environment to support the Australian economy, as shown in Diagram 1.1. Of this amount, 14,474 GL was extracted (largely by the 'Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Services' industry (14,381 GL)) for distribution (supply) to industry and households.
Of the 67,823 GL of water self-extracted for own use by industry, the 'Electricity and Gas Supply' industry extracted 62,366 GL. The majority of this water was used for hydro-electricity generation, which is a non-consumptive use.
Total water consumption in 2012-13 was 19,749 GL. Of this, 17,898 GL was used by industry and 1,851 GL by households.
Diagram 1.1 provides an overview of key data and sets out the scope of the Water Account, Australia by presenting the flows of water within and between the economy.
1.1 WATER SUPPLY IN THE AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY, 2012-13