water resources


National Water Strategy

On 15th March, 2023, the National Water Strategy for Germany was adopted by the Federal Cabinet. This strategy and the associated “programme of water measures” lay the foundation for a sustainable management of our water resources and the protection of our water bodies.Water management and water protection are facing diverse challenges due to climate change, globalisation, diffuse substance inputs... read more


Indicator: Using water resources

A graph shows the water exploitation index for the years 1991 to 2019. 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 2007. This presentation is based on the long-term potential water supply of 176 billion m³.

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 2007 the water exploitation index has been below the critical level of 20 %.Germany is causing water exploitation in other parts of the world by importing goods. In some regions this can contribute to water stress. read more

The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment