Water use by business

How and why do businesses use water and what types of business activities need water?

This key concept covers the range of businesses which rely on water resources, how these businesses use water and the impacts and issues surrounding different business water uses. For example:

  • Farms and agriculture require large quantities of water to produce the food we eat
  • Tourism businesses need natural water systems to be kept in pristine condition to encourage visitors and tourists
  • Manufacturers need water to produce products
  • Mining uses water for dust suppression and mineral processing
  • Electricity providers use water to generate steam to run their turbines to generate electricity
  • Most businesses use water for cleaning
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