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Water use

Total water consumption in Namibia was 300 million m3 in 2000 (Table 3 and Figure 1). Agriculture was the largest water user accounting for 213 million m3, of which 136 million m3 for irrigation (45 percent of total) and the remaining 77 million m3 for livestock (26 percent). The municipal sector followed with 73 million m3 (24 percent) and industry with 14 million m3 (5 percent).

The highest consumption of irrigation water was in the Fish and Orange River Basins with 41.5 and 41.0 million m3 respectively. In 2000, 30 million m3 of groundwater were used for irrigation, which is 22 percent of the total consumption of irrigation.


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