Water consumption

In 2017, water consumption in Belgium amounted to 59,478 litres per person. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must be reduced. This objective will be reached by continuing the trend since 2000. Water consumption is therefore developing favourably.

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Water consumption - Belgium and international comparison

thousand liters per person

//: Average Growth Rates

Calculations FPB based on Statistics Belgium (2018), Distribution de l'eau potable par le réseau public, https://statbel.fgov.be/ and on Eurostat (2018), Annual freshwater abstraction by source and sector [env_wat_abs] and Population change - Demographic balance and crude rates at national level, Population on 1 January [demo_gind], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 18/09/2018).

UN target: 6.4 - 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.

UN indicator: the selected indicator is related to indicator 6.4.1 - Change in water-use efficiency over time.


  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

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