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

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

  • In 2009-10, SA households consumed 126 GL of water, representing 11% of all water consumption in the state. Agriculture was the highest consuming sector, accounting for 720 GL (or 66% of all consumption).
  • Household water consumption in 2009-10 was 3% higher than in 2008-09.
  • Per capita household water use in 2009-10 was 77 kL, increasing by 3% from 75 kL in 2008-09.
  • Between 2008-09 and 2009-10, total water consumption in SA fell by 6% from 1,168 GL to 1,097 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.