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Water: Consumption

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of UK water use is by (a) agriculture, (b) business excluding agriculture, (c) domestic consumers and (d) public bodies and agencies. (126922)

[holding answer 14 March 2007]: Ofwat collects data from water companies each year on water usage. These data are provided for household and non-household customers. The following table provides the most recent figures for 2005-06.


Water use household (megalitres per day)


Water use non-household (megalitres per day)




The non-household figure includes agricultural use where it is drawn from the public water supply. Many farmers tend to have their own sources of water supply (such as private boreholes) that are not part of the public supply.