New data from the Czech Statistical Office shows that the average Czech citizen consumed nearly 90 liters of drinking water per day last year. Although this figure is a 3.8-liter increase from 2020, the Czechs have reduced their daily water consumption by 48.5% over the past 32 years. In 1990, each citizen of Czechoslovakia consumed 173.5 liters of water daily.
The data indicate that Czech households are trying to conserve water, but the situation is worse regarding the industry and other consumers. Last year, these sectors consumed 13.2 million cubic meters of water more than in 2020, a 9.7% increase in industrial water consumption. The Czech industry and other consumers used nearly 149 million cubic meters of water last year. This amount is half the volume of the most significant Czech reservoir, Lipno.
According to the Czech Statistical Office, 95.6% of Czech households are connected to public water supplies, and 87.3% are connected to sewage systems. However, some regions pay more for their water than others. The average price of water in the Czech Republic was CZK 46.10 per cubic metre without VAT last year, with the highest prices in the Ústí nad Labem and Liberec regions. Prague, Středočeský, and Plzeňský Krai also pay above-average prices. The cheapest water is in the Královéhradecký region.
The average price of sewage was CZK 41 per cubic metre last year, with the most expensive sewage found in the Liberec region at CZK 48.4 per cubic metre. Prague residents also pay higher-than-average sewage prices at CZK 47.4 per cubic metre, while residents of Vysočina pay the least at CZK 32.6 per cubic meter.
Water conservation will become increasingly important as the Czech Republic becomes more environmentally conscious. The Czech government has implemented various measures to help reduce water consumption, including installing water-saving fixtures in public buildings, encouraging drought-resistant plants, and offering incentives for households and businesses that conserve water. With these measures in place, the Czech Republic can continue to reduce its water consumption and preserve this vital resource for future generations.