South Australia Water Consumption 2008-09

South Australia Water Consumption 2008-09

Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Water Account Australia 2008-09 South Australia

Victor P Taffa

  • South Australia consumed 1,168 GL of water in 2008-09, a 14% decrease since 2004-05 when water consumption was 1,365 GL.
  • In South Australia, total water consumption was 719 KL per capita this is above the Australian average of 642 KL per capita.
  • In South Australia the Gross State Product was $66 Million per GL of water consumed. This was the second lowest of the States and Territories, below the Australian average of $89 million per GL.
  • South Australia households recorded the third highest average water price paying on average $2.30 per KL in 2008-09 and above the Australian average of $1.93 per KL.
  • Agricultural activities consumed 902 GL or 77% of total water consumption for the State. This is a drop of 11% from 2004-05 when it was 1,019 GL.
  • The gross value of irrigated agriculture in South Australia in 2008-09 was $1,635 million.
  • Household water consumption in South Australia decreased by 18% from 144 GL in 2004-05 to 122 GL in 2008-09. Water consumption per capita has also decreased from 94 KL to 75 KL, which is below the Australia average of 81 KL per capita.
  • Total volume of water distributed in South Australia in 2008-09 was 427 GL. Distribution water losses amounted to 64 GL or 15% of total distributed water supply.
  • The use of reuse water has increased from 18 GL in 2004-05 to 35 GL in 2008-09. Other industries increased the use of reuse water from 2 GL in 2004-05 to 10 GL in 2008-09.
  • The manufacturing industry is a significant user of water, consuming 88 GL or 8% of the State’s total. The largest user within manufacturing was the food, beverage and tobacco manufacturing industry (36 GL).
  • The mining industry consumed 22 GL of water, largely for metal ore mining (14 GL).
  • The electricity and gas industry consumed over 2 GL.