Per capita daily water consumption in Spain 2000-2018

The average daily consumption of water per person in Spain decreased over the last years and stood at 132 liters per capita in 2018. This represents a noticeable water consumption drop compared to the beginning of the 2000s, when Spain’s average water consumption amounted to over 170 liters per head a day. Additionally, according to recent studies, New Zealand was the world’s country that most consumed water, with an average annual consumption of approximately 2.2 thousand cubic meters per person.

The water management industry in Spain

As of 2015, there were over three thousand companies involved in the water collection, treatment and supply industries in Spain. This is the highest number of companies of this type ever recorded in the country, with the lowest number being approximately 1.3 thousand in 2008. The water collection, treatment and supply industry employed around 155 thousand people in Spain, according to the most recent records.

Spain is increasing its consumption of bottled water

Spain was one of the European countries that most consumed bottled water in the latest years, with an average consumption of 126 liters per capita in 2017. The list was topped by Italy, which ranked as the European country with the highest bottled water consumption at 188 liters per person that year. The volume of bottled water consumed in Spain saw an uptrend during the last few years and amounted to over 2.8 billion liters in 2018.

Average daily water consumption per inhabitant in Spain from 2000 to 2018

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2000 to 2018

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No data available for 2015.

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