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Water is life

Drinking water is precious, and it is getting scarcer. This is especially true in arid areas and in large cities, where many people live in densely populated spaces. Find out more about how important drinking water is, and what you can do to save water.

  • Megacitites with water stress

    Fast-growing cities with millions of people – and water stress is the result.

  • Water-scarce regions

    Not enough water for all: these regions are among the world's most water-stressed.

  • London
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    • London

      United Kingdom

    • 9000000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      1,008,000,000 liters =
      6.7m bath tubs
  • Shanghai
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    • Shanghai

      China

    • 24000000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      4,295,616,438 liters =
      1,718 Olympic-size swimming pools
  • Beijing
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    • Beijing

      China

    • 22000000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      4,840,000,000 liters =
      1,936 Olympic-size swimming pools
  • Delhi
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    • Delhi

      India

    • 18000000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      7,076,160,000 liters =
      2,830 Olympic-size swimming pools
  • Karachi
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    • Karachi

      Pakistan

    • 15000000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      4,131,972,603 liters =
      1,653 Olympic-size swimming pools
  • Istanbul
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    • Istanbul

      Turkey

    • 14000000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      9,863,013,699 liters =
      65.7m bath tubs
  • Tokyo
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    • Tokyo

      Japan

    • 13500000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      1,535,227,000 liters =
      10.2m bath tubs
  • Moscow
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    • Moscow

      Russia

    • 11500000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      3,395,145,000 liters =
      113,000 tank trucks
  • Chongqing
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    • Chongqing

      China

    • 10000000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      3,010,000,000 liters =
      1,204 Olympic-size swimming pools
  • Cairo
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    • Cairo

      Egypt

    • 9500000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      2,565,000,000 liters =
      17.1m bath tubs
  • Mexico City
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    • Mexico City

      Mexico

    • 9000000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      3,890,410,959 liters =
      1,556 Olympic-size swimming pools
  • Hong Kong
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    • Hong Kong

      China

    • 7500000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      1,252,500,000 liters =
      8.3m bath tubs
  • Santiago de Chile
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    • Santiago de Chile

      Chile

    • 7500000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      4,125,000,000 liters =
      137,500 tank trucks
  • Rio de Janeiro
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    • Rio de Janeiro

      Brazil

    • 6500000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      1,560,000,000 liters =
      52,000 tank trucks
  • Sydney
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    • Sydney

      Australia

    • 5000000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      3,424,657,534 liters =
      114,155 tank trucks
  • Los Angeles
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    • Los Angeles

      United States

    • 4000000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      1,358,904,110 liters =
      9m bath tubs
  • Dubai
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    • Dubai

      UAE

    • 3000000

      Inhabitants

    • Water use per day

      729,000,000 liters =
      24,300 tank trucks
  • South Africa and Namibia
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    • South Africa and Namibia

      Africa

    • 59000000

      Inhabitants

    • Lack of rain leads to drought – currently the case in Cape Town; agriculture/industry are heavy water users
  • Morocco
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    • Morocco

      Africa

    • 35000000

      Inhabitants

    • Rain is rare; agriculture uses a lot of water
  • India
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    • India

      Asia

    • 1339000000

      Inhabitants

    • Monsoon seasons with little rain lead to drought; water pollution
  • Australia
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    • Australia

      Australia

    • 24000000

      Inhabitants

    • Arid climate
  • Northern China
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    • Northern China

      Asia

    • 1403000000

      Inhabitants

    • Agriculture/industry are heavy water users; water pollution is an increasing problem
  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates
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    • Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

      Asia & Africa

    • 142000000

      Inhabitants

    • One of the world's driest regions, yet many people live here
  • California
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    • California

      Northern America

    • 39000000

      Inhabitants

    • Lack of snow rain in winter leads to drought (as was the case in 2012-2017); fast-growing population

Water hotspots

Water is getting scarcer in many places. Find out more about some of the world's hotspots.

Megacitites with water stress

Fast-growing cities with millions of people – and water stress is the result.

Water-scarce regions

Not enough water for all: these regions are among the world's most water-stressed.

Saving water is saving energy

When you use less water at home, you also reduce your energy consumption

  • Saving water

    Conserve water by using it efficiently.

  • Saving hot water...

    Most of the water you save is hot water.

  • ... saves energy

    Hot water needs to be heated first: using less means using less energy at the same time.

  • ... and money

    Save water and energy – this may well mean you will also save money.

The world’s water usage is higher than you think

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