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  • Annual freshwater withdrawals > Agriculture > % of total freshwater withdrawal: Annual freshwater withdrawals refer to total water withdrawals, not counting evaporation losses from storage basins. Withdrawals also include water from desalination plants in countries where they are a significant source. Withdrawals can exceed 100 percent of total renewable resources where extraction from nonrenewable aquifers or desalination plants is considerable or where there is significant water reuse. Withdrawals for agriculture are total withdrawals for irrigation and livestock production. Data are for the most recent year available for 1987-2002."
  • Annual freshwater withdrawals > Domestic > % of total freshwater withdrawal: Annual freshwater withdrawals refer to total water withdrawals, not counting evaporation losses from storage basins. Withdrawals also include water from desalination plants in countries where they are a significant source. Withdrawals can exceed 100 percent of total renewable resources where extraction from nonrenewable aquifers or desalination plants is considerable or where there is significant water reuse. Withdrawals for domestic uses include drinking water, municipal use or supply, and use for public services, commercial establishments, and homes. Data are for the most recent year available for 1987-2002."
  • Annual freshwater withdrawals > Industry > % of total freshwater withdrawal: Annual freshwater withdrawals refer to total water withdrawals, not counting evaporation losses from storage basins. Withdrawals also include water from desalination plants in countries where they are a significant source. Withdrawals can exceed 100 percent of total renewable resources where extraction from nonrenewable aquifers or desalination plants is considerable or where there is significant water reuse. Withdrawals for industry are total withdrawals for direct industrial use (including withdrawals for cooling thermoelectric plants). Data are for the most recent year available for 1987-2002."
  • Annual freshwater withdrawals > Total > % of internal resources: Annual freshwater withdrawals refer to total water withdrawals, not counting evaporation losses from storage basins. Withdrawals also include water from desalination plants in countries where they are a significant source. Withdrawals can exceed 100 percent of total renewable resources where extraction from nonrenewable aquifers or desalination plants is considerable or where there is significant water reuse. Withdrawals for agriculture and industry are total withdrawals for irrigation and livestock production and for direct industrial use (including withdrawals for cooling thermoelectric plants). Withdrawals for domestic uses include drinking water, municipal use or supply, and use for public services, commercial establishments, and homes. Data are for the most recent year available for 1987-2002."
  • Annual freshwater withdrawals > Total > Billion cubic meters: Annual freshwater withdrawals refer to total water withdrawals, not counting evaporation losses from storage basins. Withdrawals also include water from desalination plants in countries where they are a significant source. Withdrawals can exceed 100 percent of total renewable resources where extraction from nonrenewable aquifers or desalination plants is considerable or where there is significant water reuse. Withdrawals for agriculture and industry are total withdrawals for irrigation and livestock production and for direct industrial use (including withdrawals for cooling thermoelectric plants). Withdrawals for domestic uses include drinking water, municipal use or supply, and use for public services, commercial establishments, and homes. Data are for the most recent year available for 1987-2002."
  • Renewable internal freshwater resources > Total > Billion cubic meters: Renewable internal freshwater resources flows refer to internal renewable resources (internal river flows and groundwater from rainfall) in the country.
  • Renewable internal freshwater resources per capita > Cubic meters: Renewable internal freshwater resources flows refer to internal renewable resources (internal river flows and groundwater from rainfall) in the country. Renewable internal freshwater resources per capita are calculated using the World Bank's population estimates.
  • Withdrawal per million: . Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
STAT France United States HISTORY
Annual freshwater withdrawals > Agriculture > % of total freshwater withdrawal 9.81%
Ranked 123th.
41.26%
Ranked 107th. 4 times more than France

Annual freshwater withdrawals > Domestic > % of total freshwater withdrawal 15.72%
Ranked 68th. 24% more than United States
12.7%
Ranked 83th.

Annual freshwater withdrawals > Industry > % of total freshwater withdrawal 74.47%
Ranked 6th. 62% more than United States
46.05%
Ranked 20th.

Annual freshwater withdrawals > Total > % of internal resources 22.39%
Ranked 49th. 31% more than United States
17.12%
Ranked 61st.
Annual freshwater withdrawals > Total > Billion cubic meters 39.96
Ranked 20th.
479.29
Ranked 3rd. 12 times more than France
Renewable internal freshwater resources > Total > Billion cubic meters 178.5
Ranked 40th.
2,800
Ranked 6th. 16 times more than France

Renewable internal freshwater resources per capita > Cubic meters 2,866.21
Ranked 87th.
9,199.18
Ranked 55th. 3 times more than France

Withdrawal 33.16
Ranked 21st.
477
Ranked 3rd. 14 times more than France
Withdrawal > Agricultural 10%
Ranked 121st.
41%
Ranked 108th. 4 times more than France
Withdrawal > Domestic 16%
Ranked 60th. 23% more than United States
13%
Ranked 68th.
Withdrawal > Industrial 74%
Ranked 1st. 61% more than United States
46%
Ranked 6th.
Withdrawal per million 0.544
Ranked 49th.
1.69
Ranked 9th. 3 times more than France

SOURCES: Food and Agriculture Organisation, AQUASTAT data.; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.

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