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Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Water Account Australia 2008-09 Tasmania

Victor P Taffa

  • Water consumption in Tasmania was 456 GL in 2008-09, an increase of 5% from 2004-05 when water consumption was 434 GL.
  • In Tasmania, total water consumption was 906 KL per capita this is the highest in Australia and above the Australian average of 642 KL per capita.
  • In Tasmania the Gross State Product was $49 Million per GL of water consumed. This was the lowest of all States and Territories and below the Australian average of $89 Million per GL.
  • Tasmania had the highest level of water use in Australia at 33,643 GL but nearly all of this was for hydro-electric power generation (32,713 GL) and hence is not recorded as water consumption.
  • Tasmania households recorded the lowest average water price of all states and territories paying on average $1.07 per KL in 2008-09, below the Australian average of $1.93 per KL.
  • Most of the water was consumed by agricultural activities, which consumed 285 GL or 63% of water consumption in the State. This represents a 10% increase since 2004-05 when water consumption for agricultural activities was 258 GL.
  • The gross value of irrigated agricultural production was $693 million in 2008-09, a large increase from $473 million in 2004-05.
  • Household water consumption in 2008-09 (69 GL) was virtually unchanged since 2004-05 (69 GL)
  • Household water consumption was 136 KL per capita, a decrease from 143 KL per capita in 2004-05, and above the Australia average of 81 KL per capita.
  • The manufacturing industry was a significant user of water in Tasmania, consuming 50 GL in 2008-09 almost the same as in 2004-05 (49 GL).
  • The aquaculture industry in Tasmania used 95% (420 GL) of the total water used by this industry in Australia. However most of this water was used in-stream and the water consumption for this industry was 3 GL.
  • In 2008-09, water providers supplied 285 GL of distributed water, 155 GL of which was for environmental purposes.
  • The use of reuse water increased from 5 GL in 2004-05 to 6 GL in 2008-09. This increase is mostly due to an increase in the use of reuse water by other industries from 888 ML to 2,439 ML.

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