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Sustainable consumption and production

15. Water resource use

Total abstractions from non-tidal surface and ground water, leakage losses and Gross Domestic Product, 1990 to 2008

151

15-2

Abstractions since:
1990
Green
2003
Green
Leakage losses since:
1992-3
Green
2003-4
Amber
  • In 2007, 33 billion litres of water were abstracted per day from non-tidal surface and ground water sources in England and Wales. In the mid-1990s abstractions increased in line with economic growth.

  • Leakage losses increased in the early 1990s but in 2008-9 leakage losses were 31 per cent lower than in 1992-3.

  • Significant changes in the way abstraction data are collected and reported were made in 1991  and 1999.  Figures prior to 1999 are not strictly comparable.

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Updated: 30 July 2010