Average per capita water consumption in China 2008-2018

In 2018, there was approximately 431.9 cubic meters consumed per capita on average in China.  

Water usage in China

    Over the last two decades, water consumption in China had revealed a general increasing trend, however this has stagnated over the last decade. Despite the constant growth in population, national water consumption in China in 2018 decreased slightly from 2013. The picture got more interesting when looking at the provincial level, where leading regions in terms of highest water consumption per capita were mostly more rural remote areas such as Xinjiang, Tibet and Inner Mongolia. Despite a general decline of water consumption nationwide, Xinjiang was the province in China with the highest water consumption per capita. In 2017, the figure for Xinjiang was over 2,280 cubic meters per capita, which was over doubled that of Ningxia, the second place holder.  

Chinese consumption in the world

     In terms of water consumption per capita, China was at the same level as Russia, France and Belgium, which were all slightly below the Chinese consumption level. On the other hand, New Zealand, United States, Estonia and Canada were all way above twice of what China and its counterparts consumed in 2016.

Average per capita water consumption in China between 2008 and 2018

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

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