Water use; industry and total private households

Water use; industry and total private households

Waterusers Periods Tap water use (mln m3) Use of groundwater Total use of groundwater (mln m3) Use of groundwater Use of groundwater for cooling (mln m3)
Total of all water users 2018* 1,140.0 1,187.8 63.5
Total private households 2018* 837.2 . .
A-U All economic activities 2018* 302.8 . .
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2018* 48.9 225.3 0.0
B Mining and quarrying 2018* 2.9 0.1 0.0
C Manufacturing 2018* 132.0 132.3 62.7
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2018* 56.4 43.6 9.1
20 Manufacture of chemicals 2018* 33.9 12.9 5.1
D Electricity and gas supply 2018* 3.5 3.9 0.0
E Water supply and waste management 2018* 5.1 826.2 0.7
36 Water collection and distribution 2018* 0.2 823.4 .
Source: CBS.
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Table description


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 April 23, 2021:
New data for 2019 has been added. Also, changes in the use of surface water by the mining and quarrying industry and electricity and gas supply industry has been implemented in the time series.

When will new figures be published?
New figures are published annually in April. Next publication is in April 2022.

Description topics

Tap water use
Water from the tap of drinking water quality produced by the water supply companies and provided to households and businesses.
Tap water is purified groundwater or surface water and transported through a network of pipes.
The use of so-called 'other water' is not included.
‘Other water’, (incl. ‘industrial water’) is water of different quality compared to tap water. This may be partially treated water, for instance, pre-treated surface water, or water that has been optimised to the needs of the business market, for instance, distilled and demineralised water.
As part of the environmental accounts, on an annual basis Water Accounts are compiled. Part of these accounts is the (physical) use of water by the different economic activities.
In here a distinction is made between the use of tap water and abstraction (withdrawal) of groundwater and of surface water.
The total water use is subsequently allocated to the various industries and households.
Use of groundwater
Use of water abstracted and eventual pumped from the subsurface. This can be fresh, brackish or salt water.
Total use of groundwater
Use of water pumped or otherwise abstracted from underground formations. This may be fresh water, but can also be brackish or salt water.
Use of groundwater for cooling
Use of abstracted groundwater for cooling purposes.