1367.0 - State and Territory Statistical Indicators, 2011  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/12/2011   
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Footnote(s): (a) Includes sewerage, drainage services and water losses

Source(s): Water Account, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4610.0)

  • In 2009-10, WA households consumed 348 GL of water, representing 25% of all water consumption in the state. By comparison, agriculture consumed 324 GL while the mining sector consumed 245 GL, representing 23% and 18% respectively of all water consumption. The mining sector consumed more water in WA than in any other state.
  • Household water consumption in 2009-10 was 7% higher than in 2008-09.
  • Per capita household water use in 2009-10 was 152 kL, up 5% from 2008-09 (145 GL)
  • Total water consumption in WA increased marginally (1%) between 2008-09 and 2009-10, from 1,371 GL to 1,386 GL.

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How is household water consumption calculated?

The ABS calculates total household water consumption by combining the amount of water distributed to households by water providers with the amount extracted through bores and other self-extraction facilities. 'Self-extracted ' water use is calculated by applying a coefficient, based on average number of kilolitres used per household connection, to the households known not to be served by water providers.