Water exploitation index


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Headline data

Source: Eurostat

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: Estimated by Eurostat

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

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Water exploitation index

Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


The Water Exploitation Index (WEI) presented here shows the annual total fresh water abstraction in a country as a percentage of its long term annual average available water from renewable fresh water resources. This includes water removed from any fresh water source, either permanently or temporarily, as well as mine and drainage water and water abstractions from precipitation. Water used for hydroelectricity generation (in situ use) is excluded.

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Other information

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 08 October 2021
Metadata last updated 08 October 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources

Target name

By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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Two years

Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 06 August 2019
Next release


Statistical classification

Official international

Contact details


Other information

Data is collected anually but information is published every two years