Glossary:Water use

Water use refers to water actually used by end users (e.g. households, services, agriculture, industry) within a territory for a specific purpose such as domestic use, irrigation or industrial processing.

Water supply, in contrast, is the delivery of water to end users including abstraction for own final use.

Further information

  • Water use (CODED - Concepts and Definitions Database)

Related concepts

Statistical data


  • Joint OECD/Eurostat Questionnaire 2002 on the State of the Environment, section on Inland Waters - xls