1367.0 - State and Territory Statistical Indicators, 2012  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/01/2012  Final
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Graph Image for Water Use, NSW

Footnote(s): (a) Includes sewerage, drainage services and water losses

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

  • In 2009-10, NSW households consumed 565 GL of water, representing 13% of all water consumption in the state. Agriculture was the highest consuming sector, accounting for 2,127 GL (or 49% of all consumption).
  • Household water consumption was 5% higher in 2009-10 than in 2008-09.
  • Per capita household water use in 2009-10 (78 kL) increased by 4% from 2008-09 (75 kL).
  • Total water consumption in NSW in 2009-10 was 4,326 GL, decreasing from 4,562 GL in 2008-09, a 5% reduction.

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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.