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blc Mar 28, 2020 12:09 PM
Does water use in the following chart accounts for the rain water captured by crops, fruits and vegetables in agriculture? Or does the agriculture chunk only accounts for abstracted water?

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EEA Mar 30, 2020 03:55 PM
Dear Sir,

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The chart illustrates only water abstraction for agriculture and does not include rain-water contribution.

However, if you wish to see the contribution of the rainwater into the crop production, we would recommend visiting the EEA indicator on WAT 006 - Water intensity of crop production in Europe:[…]/assessment . The underlying data of the Figure 2 consist of both; water irrigation and rainfed.

We hope that this may be useful for you.

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blc Apr 22, 2020 03:07 PM
Dear Sir/Madam,

Many thanks for the answer, very useful.

blc May 26, 2020 09:49 PM
Dear Sir/Madam,

I have a question regarding on water use by sectors :

I cannot reconcile those charts, the % of water for every sectors do not corresponds.

This one :
Is taken from the paper : Industrial waste water treatment –pressures on Europe's environment

This one comes directly from the EEA website :[…]traction-7#tab-dashboard-02

Let me know if I missed something.

EEA May 29, 2020 03:01 PM
Dear Sir,

The differences observed may be caused by various reasons, amongst those the temporal coverage and data sources of the charts. The underlying data used in the EEA Report No 23/2018 comes from the FAO that may be based on a different temporal and spatial coverage than the other EEA chart. It also takes water abstraction into account, and not net water supply (water use). The EEA chart illustrates water use (net water supply) and not the water abstraction. For instance, water abstraction for cooling the power plants is much higher than agriculture, but as the power plants return water back to environment after the use, the net water consumption is minor compared to agriculture.

Please note that data on water abstraction at the regional and Member State level is available at this link:[…]manufacturing-4#tab-chart_8

We hope that this may clarify the issue.

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