From: Water statistics
Revision as of 13:59, 9 April 2010 by Mititli
- Data from September 2009, most recent data: Further Eurostat information, Main tables and Database.
Water is essential for life, as well as an indispensable resource for the economy, while playing a fundamental role in the climate regulation cycle. The management and the protection of water resources, of fresh and salt water ecosystems, and of the water we drink and bathe in is therefore one of the cornerstones of environmental protection.
This article on water statistics presents data on freshwater resources and the human use of water in the European Union (EU), including water abstraction, water use and wastewater treatment and disposal.
In absolute terms, total freshwater resources were broadly similar in Germany, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Italy, as each of these Member States reported a long-term average of annual freshwater resources of between 188 000 and 175 000 million m³. When expressed in relation to population size, Finland and Sweden recorded the highest freshwater annual resources per capita (more than 20 000 m³ per inhabitant). In contrast, relatively low levels (below 3 000 m³) were recorded in the six largest Member States (Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom), as well as Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Romania, with the lowest level in Cyprus (420 m³ per inhabitant).