Freshwater Resources


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Freshwater Resources

(Source: WorldMapper Territory size shows the proportion of all worldwide freshwater resources found there

Water resources here include only freshwater, because saline (sea) water requires treatment before most uses. Only 43 600 cubic kilometres of freshwater is available as a resource each year, despite more than twice this amount falling as precipitation (rain and snow). Much is lost through evaporation. Those countries with higher rainfall often have larger water resources. Of all the water available, the regions of South America and Asia & Pacific have the most.

People living in Kuwait use sea water that is processed at a desalination plant. As such Kuwait has no area on this map because there are no freshwater resources there.


See also

External Resources

World's Freshwater Resources on


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