Water Footprint Comparisons by Country

Water Footprint Comparisons by Country

Industrial water use makes up a large part of a person’s water footprint, and the value varies greatly depending upon the country in which a person lives. More industrialized countries use more water.

International Industrial Water Use

This chart lists the total volume of freshwater used to produce consumer goods like cars, t-shirts, plastic bottles and food – what’s also know as virtual water – on a per person basis for a variety of countries. The total volume of freshwater is a combination of the amount of water used domestically and the amount of water used internationally to manufacture those goods. The numbers vary greatly between countries because they’re based on consumption habits of people within each country, and that country’s climate and water-use practices.

You can find your country’s water footprint on the Water Footprint Network, which provides statistics for most countries’ virtual water imports and exports and for the total water footprint of national consumption.

Country Water Usage
United Arab Emirates (UAE) 2,270
United States of America (USA) 2,200
Canada 1,687
Israel 1,687
Botswana 1,485
Brazil 1,466
Russian Federation 1,341
Denmark 1,183
Australia 1,156
Germany 1,032
Dominican Republic 1,014
Global 1,002
Colombia 995
Egypt 971
United Kingdom 910
Republic of South Africa 908
China 775
Bangladesh 557