Icelanders Use 200 Litres Of Water Per Day - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelanders Use 200 Litres Of Water Per Day

Published September 22, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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The water consumption of Icelanders is so high, it corresponds to each Icelander using about 200 litres of water each day, reports RÚV.

According to the UN Water, about 50-100 litres of water is needed per day for personal use, meaning that Icelanders are using two times more water per day than is necessary.

Comparatively, the water resources available to each Icelander is roughly 530.000 cubic metres where are as Norwegians, for example, have 80.000 m3 and Danes only 3000 m3.

Water usage in Iceland has increased considerably over the past few years.

The UN states that 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet. An estimated 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.

About 97% of the water on the Earth is salt water, so only 3% is fresh water. Although fresh water is a renewable resource the world’s supply of groundwater is steadily decreasing, with depletion occurring most prominently in Asia and North America.

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