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.
|United Arab Emirates (UAE)||2,270|
|United States of America (USA)||2,200|
|Republic of South Africa||908|