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German Water Consumption Remains at a Two-Decade Low

German water consumption in 2012 remained at its lowest in more than two decades for a third year, the BDEW utility lobby said.

Each German consumed about 32 gallons (121 liters) of water a day on average, the same as in 2011 and 2010 and down from almost 39 gallons in 1990, BDEW said today in an e-mailed statement. The average American uses 80 gallons to 100 gallons of water a day, according to U.S. Geological Survey figures.

Investments from utilities in Germany’s water infrastructure are expected to reach 2.4 billion euros ($3.2 billion) this year and next from 2.3 billion euros in 2012, BDEW also said.

Reduced private and industrial water consumption “has led in part to an underutilization of the existing infrastructure and leaves hardly any leeway for declines,” the lobby said.

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