water balance


Indicator: Using water resources

A graph shows the water exploitation index for the years 1991 to 2016. Values are available for every three or four years. The index fell almost constantly and has been below the critical value of 20 percent since 2004.

A water exploitation index of 20 % or above indicates the threshold of water stress.Water stress means an increasing risk of environmental problems and economic difficulties.Since 2004 the water exploitation index has been below the critical level of 20 %. Without cooling water the value is far below 20 %.Germany is causing water exploitation in other parts of the world by importing goods. In some... read more

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