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Which Country Consumes the Most of Freshwater?

Freshwater Withdrawals (Total) (bil cbm), 2014
Energy & Utility | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 172 countries in 2014, India ranked the highest in freshwater withdrawals with 761 bil cbm followed by China and USA. On the other end of the scale was Monaco with 0.005 bil cbm, Maldives with 0.006 bil cbm and Comoros with 0.010 bil cbm.

Total freshwater withdrawals reached 3,986 bil cbm in 2014 in the World according to World Bank / EIA. This is 1.98 % more than in the previous year and % the same as 10 years ago.

Historically, total freshwater withdrawals reached an all time high of 3,986 bil cbm in 2014 and an all time low of 3,108 bil cbm in 1997. The average annual growth amounted to 5.10 % since 1967.

The top ranked country, India, accounted for 19.1 % of freshwater withdrawals in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 46.5 % share while the ten largest countries some 64.5 % in 2014.

Data for more countries are available at Freshwater Withdrawals (Total) indicator page.