Water use; industry and total private households

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This table presents the water accounts, being part of the environmental accounts compiled by Statistics Netherlands annually. This Water Accounting table includes the (physical) water use by the Dutch economic activities. A distinction is made between the use of tap water (of drinking water quality), use and abstraction (withdrawal) of groundwater and of surface water. The water used is allocated to the industries and households. Alternatively, tables selections can be made that show break down by economic activity (including households), by water type and annual use. Data in the environmental accounts directly correspond to the economic data in the national accounts, that allow assessment of the impact of the economic performance of the Netherlands for the use of water taken from the natural environment in quantitative terms. From the water accounts bills, environmental indicators can be derived. As an example the water use intensity for the different types can be determined for the Netherlands as a whole or for the break down by industry.

Data available from: 2003

Status of the figures:
The data for the respective years in the full time series in this table are provisional.
The entire time series from 2003 onwards, if necessary, is to be adjusted annually to reflect the updated source information.

Changes as of March 20, 2020:
New data for 2017 and 2018 has been added.
The figures are slightly modified due to adjusted weighting between (manufacturing) industry and services.

When will new figures be published?
New figures will be published biennially by November or December, normally together with the publication of other 'Environmental Accounts’ indicators for the Netherlands' on Statistics Netherlands (CBS) website.

Water use; industry and total private households

Waterusers Periods Tap water use (mln m3) Use of groundwaterTotal use of groundwater (mln m3) Use of groundwaterUse of groundwater for cooling (mln m3) Use of groundwaterOther use of groundwater (mln m3) Use of surface water (mln m3)
Total of all water users 2016* 1,095.3 983.4 74.4 909.0 14,443.0
Total of all water users 2017* 1,101.4 1,014.7 60.2 954.5 13,540.9
Total of all water users 2018* 1,140.0 1,187.8 63.5 1,124.3 13,067.1
Total private households 2016* 805.3 . . . .
Total private households 2017* 782.1 . . . .
Total private households 2018* 837.2 . . . .
A-U All economic activities 2016* 290.0 . . . .
A-U All economic activities 2017* 319.3 . . . .
A-U All economic activities 2018* 302.8 . . . .
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2016* 43.6 56.4 0.0 56.4 20.1
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2017* 48.4 97.0 0.0 97.0 22.7
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2018* 48.9 225.3 0.0 225.3 76.8
B Mining and quarrying 2016* 2.5 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.7
B Mining and quarrying 2017* 2.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7
B Mining and quarrying 2018* 2.9 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.8
C Manufacturing 2016* 128.1 143.8 74.2 69.6 3,007.3
C Manufacturing 2017* 150.8 130.2 60.1 70.1 2,999.1
C Manufacturing 2018* 132.0 132.3 62.7 69.5 2,980.0
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2016* 53.3 56.4 23.5 32.9 153.6
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2017* 60.5 44.9 10.5 34.4 157.6
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2018* 56.4 43.6 9.1 34.5 179.9
20 Manufacture of chemicals 2016* 32.6 11.2 3.8 7.4 2,075.5
20 Manufacture of chemicals 2017* 43.8 11.8 4.2 7.5 2,136.9
20 Manufacture of chemicals 2018* 33.9 12.9 5.1 7.8 2,033.4
D Electricity and gas supply 2016* 3.7 3.7 0.0 3.7 10,377.6
D Electricity and gas supply 2017* 3.9 3.9 0.0 3.9 9,613.6
D Electricity and gas supply 2018* 3.5 3.9 0.0 3.9 8,868.4
E Water supply and waste management 2016* 3.7 779.4 0.1 779.3 1,037.3
E Water supply and waste management 2017* 4.3 783.6 0.1 783.5 904.8
E Water supply and waste management 2018* 5.1 826.2 0.7 825.5 1,141.1
36 Water collection and distribution 2016* 0.2 777.9 - 777.9 482.5
36 Water collection and distribution 2017* 0.2 782.1 - 782.1 417.3
36 Water collection and distribution 2018* 0.2 823.4 - 823.4 488.8
Source: CBS.
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