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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 Saudi Arabia United States HISTORY
Annual freshwater withdrawals > Agriculture > % of total freshwater withdrawal 88%
Ranked 31st. 2 times more than United States
41.26%
Ranked 107th.

Annual freshwater withdrawals > Domestic > % of total freshwater withdrawal 9%
Ranked 97th.
12.7%
Ranked 83th. 41% more than Saudi Arabia

Annual freshwater withdrawals > Industry > % of total freshwater withdrawal 3%
Ranked 99th.
46.05%
Ranked 20th. 15 times more than Saudi Arabia

Annual freshwater withdrawals > Total > % of internal resources 986.08%
Ranked 4th. 58 times more than United States
17.12%
Ranked 61st.
Annual freshwater withdrawals > Total > Billion cubic meters 23.67
Ranked 1st.
479.29
Ranked 3rd. 20 times more than Saudi Arabia
Renewable internal freshwater resources > Total > Billion cubic meters 2.4
Ranked 142nd.
2,800
Ranked 6th. 1167 times more than Saudi Arabia

Renewable internal freshwater resources per capita > Cubic meters 96.75
Ranked 161st.
9,199.18
Ranked 55th. 95 times more than Saudi Arabia

Withdrawal 17.32
Ranked 30th.
477
Ranked 3rd. 28 times more than Saudi Arabia
Withdrawal > Agricultural 89%
Ranked 35th. 2 times more than United States
41%
Ranked 108th.
Withdrawal > Domestic 10%
Ranked 75th.
13%
Ranked 68th. 30% more than Saudi Arabia
Withdrawal > Industrial 1%
Ranked 108th.
46%
Ranked 6th. 46 times more than Saudi Arabia
Withdrawal per million 0.86
Ranked 25th.
1.69
Ranked 9th. 97% more than Saudi Arabia

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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