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Water Use Facts and Figures

The average water consumption is much higher in some countries than in others - Australians are actually among the highest consumers of water in the world. Compare the figures below, which show the total amount of water used per person in one year, including water used for irrigation, industry and around the house.

Annual water consumption per person (1 megalitre = 1,000,000,000 litres)

USA 2,162 megalitres each Australia 926 megalitres each UK 507 megalitres each Uganda 20 megalitres each

City West Water, 2002.

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