In 2017, 4.7% more water was abstracted in Slovenia for public water supply than in 2016. Almost all water (99.2%) was abstracted from groundwater sources. Households consumed about the same amount as in 2016, while production and service activities consumed 11.4% more.
Leaving no one behind
The United Nations General Assembly announced 22 March the World Water Day in 1993 wanting to draw public attention to the importance of water and the necessity of good management of water sources. The theme of this year’s World Water day is Leaving No One Behind. http://www.worldwaterday.org/theme/.
The emphasis is on the possibility of access to clean drinking water and appropriate sanitation for all people as determined in sustainable development goals (ensuring universal access to safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all and sustainable management of water sources by 2030): https://www.stat.si/Pages/en/goals.
Water is an irreplaceable natural asset. The quality of our life and the very existence of life depend on it. It is necessary for life and is the source of many human activities.
Investment in infrastructure development and repair of existing infrastructure are also very important. Water supply systems are part of the infrastructure of every city or settlement. Due to the outdated water supply system, every year enormous amounts of water are lost in Slovenia (46.9 cubic metres in 2017). It is therefore very important that systems with old pipes are repaired to reduce water loss.
4.7% more water abstracted for public water supply than in the previous year
For the public water supply system 169.4 million cubic metres of water was abstracted in Slovenia in 2017; 168 million cubic metres of water was abstracted from groundwater sources (56.4 million cubic metres from springs). 1.3 million cubic metres of water was abstracted from surface water sources. The amount of water abstracted for public water supply in Slovenia in 2017 was 4.7% larger than in 2016.
Of the total water abstracted for public water supply in 2017, 79 million cubic metres was consumed by households, which is about the same amount as in 2016. On the other hand, business entities consumed 37.6 million cubic metres of water, which is 11.4% more than in the previous year.
5.9 million cubic metres of water supplied from the public water supply system (29.3% more than in 2016) was not charged as it was used for fire hydrants, firefighting and road cleaning. 46.9 million cubic metres of water was lost in the network, which is 3.8% more than a year before.
Compared to the previous year, the amount of water provided from the Donava river basin went up by 4.5%, while the amount of water provided from the Adriatic Sea river basin went down by 5.3%.
Water supply per household member
Speaking in per capita terms, in 2017 most water was supplied to households in the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region (41.4 cubic metres per person) and the least in the Zasavska statistical region (26.7 cubic metres per person).
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