Australian Capital Territory Water Consumption 2008-09

Australian Capital Territory Water Consumption 2008-09

Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Water Account Australia 2008-09 Australian Capital Territory

Victor P Taffa

  • The Australian Capital Territory consumed 48 GL of water in 2008-09, a decrease of 14% from 2004-05 when it was 56 GL.
  • In the Australian Capital Territory, total water consumption was 137 KL per capita, this is the lowest in Australia, below the Australian average of 642 KL per capita.
  • In the Australian Capital Territory the Gross State Product was $536 Million per GL of water consumed. This is the highest in Australia and higher than the Australian average of $89 Million per GL.
  • The Australian Capital Territory recorded the highest average water price paying on average $2.60 per KL in 2008-09 in the household sector. This was a 95% increase since 2004-05.
  • Agricultural activities consumed 1,863 ML of water in 2008-09 or 4% of total consumption. This is the lowest percentage in Australia. It is also an increase of 51% from 2004-05 (1,231 ML)
  • The majority of water was consumed by households (27 GL or 57% of total water consumption in the Australian Capital Territory). This is the highest proportion of all States and Territories.
  • Household water consumption per capita was 78 KL in 2008-09, a decrease from 95 KL per capita in 2004-05, below the Australian average of 81 KL per capita.
  • Other industries consumed 11 GL or 24% of total consumption. Other industries include industries such as wholesale and retail trade, accommodation, cafes’ and restaurants, finance, property and business services, government administration and defence, education, health, culture and recreation, and other services.
  • Manufacturing used 345 ML, the largest component of which was for food, beverage and tobacco manufacturing (187 ML).
  • There was only one water provider in the Australian Capital Territory who supplied 47 GL of distributed water. System water losses were the lowest of any State or Territory at 3 GL or 7% of distributed supply.
  • Approximately 31 GL of distributed and reuse water was supplied for environmental purposes (environmental flows).
  • 3,904 ML of reuse water was used in the Australian Capital Territory in 2008-09 by the water supply, sewerage and drainage services industry and other industries.