13 industries that use extremely large amounts of water

The following 13 industries are known to use massive quantities of water in their operations

  1. Power Generation
  2. Refining
  3. Chemicals
  4. Automotives
  5. Microelectronics
  6. Textiles
  7. Bio-fuels
  8. Oil and Gas
  9. Mining
  10. Metals
  11. Food and Beverage
  12. Pulp and Paper industry
  13. Pharmaceuticals

Of these, mining,metal refining, oil and gas, petroleum refining and power generation are said to account for nearly 85% of total industrial water demand.

Disclaimer : This information was taken from a media analytics company website in 2012 when I was preparing a report. Unfortunately, the website doesn't seem to exist any longer, so I can't quote source. However, I still thought it might be useful in some way to understand the lay of the land