Water also plays a very important role in the world’s economy - from manufacturing, to agriculture, to fishing, and global transportation of goods and services. In 2015, 43 percent of the global energy sector was heavily dependent on water and beef production required by far, the highest volume of water in the food production industry. In the United States, over 61,000 full-time employees were currently working in the water transportation industry in 2017.
In addition to the provision of drinking water, the water industry also provides wastewater services to residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of the economy. The American Water Works was amongst the world’s largest diversified utility company as of 2018, with operating revenue of about 3.36 billion U.S. dollars. The water industry also includes manufacturers and suppliers of bottled water. The United States recorded a per capita consumption of bottled water totaling some 42.1 gallon in 2017.