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Global water Industry - Statistics & Facts

Water is one of the most valuable resources in the world and is vital to all known forms of life. Oceans, seas and bays account for 96.5 percent of the global distribution of Earth’s water resources, while freshwater constitutes only about 1.2 percent of the earth’s surface.

Water supply

Around the world, water utilities companies provide residential, commercial, and industrial sectors with water services. Among the most important of these services is supplying safe drinking water to the general public. Whilst those in developed countries typically have access to safe water, this is not the case with those in the developing world. In India for example, more than 160 million people live without household access to safe water.

Wastewater and sewerage

In addition to the provision of drinking water, the water industry also provides wastewater services. Wastewater treatment facilities remove contaminants from water, and are important for protecting health as well as ecosystems. Despite their obvious importance, the share of the global population connected to wastewater collection systems is very unbalanced. In Western Europe, more than 90 percent of the population is connected to these facilities, whilst in Africa it is less than 50 percent. On average, global water and sewerage infrastructure satisfaction is just over 50 percent. Germany and Great Britain have the highest rated water supply and sewerage infrastructures worldwide. Many of the world's leading wastewater treatment companies are headquartered in the United States. Aecom, a U.S. multinational engineering firm was ranked as the number one wastewater treatment company worldwide based on revenue in 2018, with revenue exceeding 700 million U.S. dollars that year. Despite hosting several of the world’s largest wastewater companies, the wastewater and sewage industry in the U.S. is in need of considerable investment due to its aging infrastructure.

Water use in industries

Apart from human consumption, the importance of water in the global economy is evident - from agriculture, to manufacturing and industry, to the energy industry. Agriculture is the most water intensive sector worldwide by far, and consumed approximately 1,200 billion cubic meters of water in 2014. The volume of freshwater withdrawals for food products varies greatly. To produce just one kilogram of either cheese or nuts, more than 4,000 liters of water is needed. The agricultural sector is expected to consume even greater volumes of water in the coming decades as growing populations increase water stress.

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Global water Industry - Statistics & Facts

Water is one of the most valuable resources in the world and is vital to all known forms of life. Oceans, seas and bays account for 96.5 percent of the global distribution of Earth’s water resources, while freshwater constitutes only about 1.2 percent of the earth’s surface.

Water supply

Around the world, water utilities companies provide residential, commercial, and industrial sectors with water services. Among the most important of these services is supplying safe drinking water to the general public. Whilst those in developed countries typically have access to safe water, this is not the case with those in the developing world. In India for example, more than 160 million people live without household access to safe water.

Wastewater and sewerage

In addition to the provision of drinking water, the water industry also provides wastewater services. Wastewater treatment facilities remove contaminants from water, and are important for protecting health as well as ecosystems. Despite their obvious importance, the share of the global population connected to wastewater collection systems is very unbalanced. In Western Europe, more than 90 percent of the population is connected to these facilities, whilst in Africa it is less than 50 percent. On average, global water and sewerage infrastructure satisfaction is just over 50 percent. Germany and Great Britain have the highest rated water supply and sewerage infrastructures worldwide. Many of the world's leading wastewater treatment companies are headquartered in the United States. Aecom, a U.S. multinational engineering firm was ranked as the number one wastewater treatment company worldwide based on revenue in 2018, with revenue exceeding 700 million U.S. dollars that year. Despite hosting several of the world’s largest wastewater companies, the wastewater and sewage industry in the U.S. is in need of considerable investment due to its aging infrastructure.

Water use in industries

Apart from human consumption, the importance of water in the global economy is evident - from agriculture, to manufacturing and industry, to the energy industry. Agriculture is the most water intensive sector worldwide by far, and consumed approximately 1,200 billion cubic meters of water in 2014. The volume of freshwater withdrawals for food products varies greatly. To produce just one kilogram of either cheese or nuts, more than 4,000 liters of water is needed. The agricultural sector is expected to consume even greater volumes of water in the coming decades as growing populations increase water stress.

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