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Environment > Water Stats: compare key data on Saudi Arabia & United States

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  • Availability: Water availability per capita (1961-1990 (avg.))
    Units: Thousands Cubic Meters/Person
    Units: This variable measures internal renewable water (average annual surface runoff and groundwater recharge generated from endogenous precipitation)
  • Dissolved oxygen concentration: Dissolved oxygen concentration
    Units: Milligrams/Liter
    Units: The country values represent averages of the station-level values for the three year time period 1994-96, exceptwhere data were only available for an earlier time period (1988-1993). The number of stations per country varies depending on country size; number of bodies of water; and level of participation in the GEMS monitoring system. The data from "The Wellbeing of Nations" included a smaller subset of stations representing outfalls of major watersheds. An analysis of a sample of countries with numerous stations found that the data for stations in the subset is broadly comparable to the data for all GEMS stations in those countries.
  • Drinking water > Population with improved drinking water sources > Rural: Proportion of the population using improved drinking water sources, rural.
  • Drinking water > Population with improved drinking water sources > Urban: Proportion of the population using improved drinking water sources, urban.
  • Drinking water > Population with improved drinking water sources > Urban and rural: Proportion of the population using improved drinking water sources, total.
  • Drinking water > Population with improved sanitation > Rural: Proportion of the population using improved sanitation facilities, rural.
  • Percent of water resources used: Proportion of total water resources used, percentage.
  • Phosphorus concentration: Phosphorus concentration
    Units: Milligrams/Liter
    Units: The country values represent averages of the station-level values for the three year time period 1994-96, except where data were only available for an earlier time period (1988-1993). The number of stations per country varies depending on country size; number of bodies of water; and level of participation in the GEMS monitoring system. The data from "The Wellbeing of Nations" included a smaller subset of stations representing outfalls of major watersheds. An analysis of a sample of countries with numerous stations found that the data for stations in the subset is broadly comparable to the data for all GEMS stations in those countries.
  • Prevalence of public-private partnerships: Cities.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Proportion of marine area under protection: Marine areas protected to territorial waters, percentage.
  • Salinisation: Electrical conductivity
    Units: Micro-Siemens/Centimeter
    Units: The country values represent averages of the station-level values for the three year time period 1994-96, except where data were only available for an earlier time period (1988-1993). The number of stations per country varies depending on country size; number of water bodies; and level of participation in the GEMS monitoring system.
  • Severe water stress: Percent of country's territory under severe water stress
    Units: Percent of Land Area
    Units: This data is derived from the WaterGap 2.1 gridded hydrological model developed by the Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel, Germany. The modellers derived, for each country, grid cell by grid cell estimates of whether the water consumption exceeds 40 percent of the water available in that particular grid cell. These were then converted to land area equivalents in order to calculate the percentage of the territory under severe water stress.
  • Suspended solids: Suspended solids
    Units: Natural Log of Milligrams/Liter
    Units: The country values represent averages of the station-level values for the three year time period 1994-96, exceptwhere data were only available for an earlier time period (1988-1993). The number of stations per country varies depending on country size; number of bodies of water; and level of participation in the GEMS monitoring system. Data from "The Wellbeing of Nations" included a smaller subset of stations representing outfalls of majorwatersheds. An analysis of a sample of countries with numerous stations found that the data for stations in the subset is broadly comparable to the data for all GEMS stations in those countries. The data in this table was transformed using the natural logarithm.
STAT Saudi Arabia United States HISTORY
Availability 0.22 thousand cubic metres
Ranked 129th.
7.09 thousand cubic metres
Ranked 47th. 32 times more than Saudi Arabia
Dissolved oxygen concentration 8.69 mls/litre
Ranked 46th.
9.26 mls/litre
Ranked 33th. 7% more than Saudi Arabia
Drinking water > Population with improved drinking water sources > Rural 97.03
Ranked 71st. 3% more than United States
94.03
Ranked 85th.

Drinking water > Population with improved drinking water sources > Urban 97.03
Ranked 114th.
99.77
Ranked 56th. 3% more than Saudi Arabia

Drinking water > Population with improved drinking water sources > Urban and rural 97.03
Ranked 83th.
98.76
Ranked 62nd. 2% more than Saudi Arabia

Drinking water > Population with improved sanitation > Rural 100
Ranked 16th. 1% more than United States
98.6
Ranked 40th.

Percent of water resources used 934.2%
Ranked 2nd. 60 times more than United States
15.57%
Ranked 37th.

Phosphorus concentration 0.11 mls/litre
Ranked 116th. 38% more than United States
0.08 mls/litre
Ranked 127th.
Prevalence of public-private partnerships Riyadh , Jeddah , Mecca and Taif 73 million people, including through PPPs 14% of water revenues without PPPs
Proportion of marine area under protection 3.43%
Ranked 85th.
30.4%
Ranked 19th. 9 times more than Saudi Arabia

Salinisation 2,057.25
Ranked 12th. 5 times more than United States
375.65
Ranked 98th.
Severe water stress 88.3
Ranked 13th. 3 times more than United States
31.3
Ranked 42nd.
Suspended solids 8.01 mls/litre
Ranked 4th. 91% more than United States
4.19 mls/litre
Ranked 95th.

SOURCES: Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel, WaterGAP 2.1B, 2001 via ciesin.org; United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Global Environmental Monitoring System/Water Quality Monitoring System, with data for an additional 29 countries from Prescott-Allen,R. The Well being of Nations, Washington, DC: Island Press, 2001; United Nations Statistics Division. Source tables; United Nations Statistics Division. Source tables; United Nations Statistics Division. Source tables; United Nations Statistics Division Original html; United Nations Statistics Division. Source tables; United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Global Environmental Monitoring System/Water Quality Monitoring System, with data for an additional 29 countries from Prescott-Allen, R. The Well being of Nations, Washington, DC: Island Press, 2001; Wikipedia: Water privatization (Prevalence of public-private partnerships) (World Bank / Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility: Public-Private Partnerships for Urban Water Utilities: A Review of Experiences in Developing Countries , by Philippe Marin, 2009, Overview, pp. 6-7.); United Nations Statistics Division. Source tables; Center for Environmental Systems Research, University of Kassel, WaterGap 2.1, 2000 via ciesin.org

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