Agriculture > Livestock > Annual freshwater withdrawals, total > Billion cubic meters: Group totals

DEFINITION: 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.


Emerging markets 2,179.23 2011
Former British colonies 1,744.39 2011
Cold countries 1,365.74 2011
Religious countries 1,262.18 2011
Christian countries 1,201.08 2011
South and Central Asia 1,150.39 2011
South Asia 1,000.99 2011
Heavily indebted countries 961.55 2011
Muslim countries 920.94 2011
High income OECD countries 902.27 2011
Non-religious countries 897.23 2011
Group of 7 countries (G7) 736.73 2011
Catholic countries 478.62 2011
Europe 419.38 2011
failed states 333.76 2011
NATO countries 320.36 2011
Middle Eastern and North Africa 308.78 2011
Former Spanish colonies 288.73 2011
Latin America and Caribbean 269.82 2011
Former Soviet republics 259.03 2011
European Union 238.29 2011
Landlocked countries 228.83 2011
OPEC countries 218.83 2011
Eurozone 186.77 2011
Eastern Europe 168.75 2011
Former French colonies 163.42 2011
Sub-Saharan Africa 124.58 2011
Potential Future EU Members 47.75 2011

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