Billed water consumption by sector
An Indication on the State of our Environment (15)
What is the trend in billed water consumption?
In the Maltese islands, the Water Services Corporation (WSC) is the main water provider, supplying freshwater through the municipal distribution network.
This water originates from groundwater abstracted from the aquifers and from desalinated water produced in the three reverse osmosis plants.
In 2010 billed water consumption (this refers to actual consumption, and does not include estimated consumption) from the WSC increased marginally by 1.9 per cent to 15.6 million m3.
The main water consuming sector in 2010 was the households sector, with a share of 68.7 per cent of total billed consumption. The services sector (comprising government and the tourism and commercial sectors), with 14.1 per cent utilisation rate, was the second major consumer of billed water. In 2010 the agricultural and industrial sectors consumed 3.2 per cent and 5.2 per cent of total billed water respectively.
Private water suppliers also provide fresh water from groundwater sources, but data regarding this type of consumption is not available.
For more information see The Environment Report Indicators 2010-2011 at http://www.mepa.org.mt/teri2010-2011.