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SUSTAINABLE USE OF WATER IN THE UK AND WORLD

Presented here are some views on sustainable water usage in the UK and world.


Country

Irrigated Area (1,000 Square Kilometres)

Irrigated Land as a Percentage of Cropland

Water Used in Irrigation (Cubic Kilometres)

Percentage of all Water Withdrawals used for Irrigation

World

2926

19

2236

69

China

513

52

400

87

India

490

29

353

93

USA

209

11

196

42

Pakistan

163

80

151

97

Mexico

62

25

67

86

Egypt

33

100

47

86

UK

 

 

 

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If we look at the above tableAA we can see that 69% of all world water withdrawals are used for irrigation.  Some counties such as Egypt are completely reliant on irrigation for producing food.

 With a figure approaching 70%, it can be said that for the world as a whole the use of water for irrigation is very important. However, the UK we only use 1% for irrigation. A vast difference.

THE WORLD:

WORLD WATER SUSTAINABILITY - THE PAST

WORLD WATER SUSTAINABILITY  - PRESENT

WORLD WATER SUSTAINABILITY -  FUTURE PROBLEMS

THE UK

UK WATER SUSTAINABILITY - PRESENT

UK WATER SUSTAINABILITY - FUTURE