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GCSE geography, water in the UK. What are examples of non household water demand?

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Felicia Jones

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Agriculture - has the biggest demand for water and is growing at the fastest rate. This is because the amount of cropland irrigated has increased at a faster rate than the world's population. In addition, meat consumption has also increased which causes issues as 1 kg of beef takes ten times more water to produce than 1 kg of rice. This increase in demand for water for agriculture is a particular problem in China where 70% of its agriculture uses irrigation and as a result many of the major aquifers are running dry. Industry - the demand for water for industrial use has also grown. As countries such as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) develop, so does their demand for manufactured products which require water to produce textiles and electronical goods. Source: BBC

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