Queensland Water Consumption 2008-09

Queensland Water Consumption 2008-09

Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Water Account Australia 2008–09 Queensland

Victor P Taffa

  • Water consumption in Queensland was 3,351 GL in 2008-09, the second highest volume in Australia. This represents a 23% decrease since 2004-05 when water consumption was 4,361 GL .
  • In Queensland, total water consumption was 757 KL per capita this is the second highest in Australia, above the Australian average of 642 KL per capita.
  • In Queensland the Gross State Product was $75 million per GL of water consumed. This was below the Australian average of $89 million per GL.
  • In 2004–05, Queensland households had the lowest average water price ($0.97 per KL) however, in 2008–09 Queensland households had the second highest average water price of $2.32 per KL.
  • Agricultural activities consumed 2,296 GL or 69% of total consumption in 2008-09, a 21% decrease from 2,916 GL in 2004-05.
  • The gross value of irrigated agricultural production in Queensland was $3,255 million in 2008-09, an increase of 26% from $2,593 million in 2004-05.
  • Households consumed 308 GL of water in 2008-09 which was 9% of total water consumption. This has decreased 38% since 2004-05 when household water consumption was 493 GL.
  • Household water consumption per capita was 70 KL in 2008-09, a significant decrease from 124 KL per capita in 2004-05, and below the Australian average of 81 KL per capita.
  • A total of 154 water providers supplied 2,211 GL of distributed water in 2008-09, 60% of which was supplied by Irrigation/rural water providers.
  • 44 GL of reuse water was used in 2008-09, a decrease from 52 GL in 2004-05. The use of reuse water by manufacturing decreased from 9 GL to 5 GL and other industries also decreased from 18 GL to 15 GL.
  • The mining and manufacturing industries also used significant amounts of water with 118 GL and 148 GL respectively. Mining water consumption increased by 42% while manufacturing decreased 6% since 2004-05.
  • The largest user of water within the mining industry was for coal mining, consuming 55 GL.
  • Within manufacturing, the largest users were the food, beverage and tobacco manufacturing (74 GL) and primary metal, metal and fabricated metal industries (41 GL).
  • The electricity and gas industry consumed 82 GL of water in 2008-09.