The global demand for water

The amount of water used in the world every day is very uneven. MEDCs use more water than LEDCs - households, farming and industry all demand water.

Water usage of LEDCs and MEDCs

What the water is used for depends on the country.

  • In general, LEDCs (like Bangladesh and Malawi) will have most of their water used in agriculture (farming) and little in industry or domestic use. Bangladesh has farming as a large part of its economy so a large percentage of their water is used for that purpose.
  • MEDCs (like the UK) have a more significant use of water for domestic reasons. MEDCs also tend to have a higher percentage for industrial use.
  • There are exceptions. The USA is an MEDC, but it still has a high amount of water used for agriculture because there is also lot of farming across the country.