Industrial water withdrawal

(billion cubic meters per year)

The United States of America is the top country by industrial water withdrawal in the world. As of 2020, industrial water withdrawal in the United States of America was 209.7 billion cubic meters per year that accounts for 34.60% of the world's industrial water withdrawal. The top 5 countries (others are China, Russian Federation, Canada, and France) account for 63.87% of it. The world's total industrial water withdrawal was estimated at 605.98 billion cubic meters per year in 2020.

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What is industrial water withdrawal?

Annual quantity of water withdrawn for industrial uses. It includes renewable water resources as well as potential over-abstraction of renewable groundwater or withdrawal of fossil groundwater and potential use of desalinated water or treated wastewater. This sector refers to self-supplied industries not connected to the public distribution network. The ratio between net consumption and withdrawal is estimated at less than 5%. It includes water for the cooling of thermoelectric plants, but it does not include hydropower.