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Water Consumption Ac/ft

Water Use

In 2000 and 2006 the City of Houston Municipal water use was 347,947 and 346,393 acre-feet respectively. Harris County excluding Houston uses approximately 250,000 acre-feet per year for municipal purposes. Dow Chemical Company and Reliant Energy Company hold fresh water permits in the region in the amounts of 321,856 and 166, 238 acre-feet per year respectively. Four industrial companies, including Dow and Reliant, which hold manufacturing water rights, are dedicated almost 670,000 acre-feet per year of the region’s water supply. This is in addition to another 580,000 acre-feet sold to other manufacturing companies in 2006. The total municipal water demand for of Region H was 865,966 acre-feet in 2006 (Region H Water Planning Group, 2010). These three users constitute three of the largest municipal and industrial users in the region. The region consists of all or part of 15 counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker and Waller.

Source: US Census Bureau, ACS 2006-2010; Hermitte and Mace 2012; COH 1997


Water Consumption Ac/ft in the Sustainable Development Goals

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6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. There is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. But due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. Drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition.

By 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water.

Related Water Consumption Ac/ft Targets


By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity