Australian water consumption and water intensity increased in 2017-18:
- Water consumption increased by 4%;
- Water intensity increased by 1%.
In 2017-18, total water use in Australia decreased by 4% to 82,393,712 ML.
It should be noted that the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services industries, specifically water used for hydroelectricity and by the Water Supply Sewerage and Drainage Services industry, drives total water use, most of which is returned to the environment or supplied to others through water distribution networks.
Other notable movements, excluding the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services industries, were as follows:
- Total water use increased by 6% to 15,194,733 ML.
- Total industry water use increased by 7% to 13,388,181 ML.
- Total household water use increased by 4% to 1,806,552 ML.
- Total water use per capita increased by 5% to 0.61 ML per person.
- Total household water use per household increased by 3% to 0.19 ML.
Source(s): Bureau of Meteorology
Households spend much more than industry on distributed water, despite using a smaller volume.
- For distributed water, expenditure by households was 63% of total expenditure.
- For distributed water, households accounted for 15% of total volume.
- Households paid $3.15 per kL.
- Industry paid $0.33 per kL.