Types of Water Demand

Water Demand | Types of Water Demand | Factors Affecting Water Demand


Water demand is the amount of water required to fulfil the demand of the consumers. It depends on the size of the city, quality of water, metering system, pressure in the pipeline, etc. It is necessary to determine the quantity of water required daily before designing a water supply scheme. The first step is to determine the demand for the town, village, etc and to find suitable sources of water from which water demand should meet. Types of water demand are briefly explained below.


Types of Water Demand

Seven types of water demand are :


a. Domestic Demand

The quantity of water required in the houses for drinking, bathing, cooking, toilet flushing, gardening, individual air-condition, etc is called domestic demand.

For designing purpose in developing countries, we use the data as follow:

By public tap / No private connection – 45 lpcd( litre per capita per day)

For partially plumbed house  – 65 lpcd(litre per capita per day)

For fully plumbed houses – 110  lpcd(litre per capita per day)

In developed countries like USA, UK, Australia, etc; houses are fully plumbed and about 300 litres per capita per day is usually taken.


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b. Livestock  Demand

The quantity of water required for the domestic animal is known as livestock demand.

Where livestock demand is not considered?

Livestock demand is not considered in the urban area but we considered it in rural areas as livestock is an important component of the rural economy.

” Livestock demand must be more than 20% of the designed domestic demand.”

For Big Animalscows, buffalo, horse  – 45 L/(animal day)

For Medium Animals – sheep, goat  – 20 L/(animal day)

For Birds parrots, ducks, hen – 20 L/ (100 bird day)


c. Commercial and Institutional Demand

It includes the demand for offices, stores, schools, hospital, theatres, etc.

a. Educational Institution

Day School – 10 lpcd( litre per capita per day)
Hostels – 65 lpcd( litre per capita per day)

b. Hospital         

With Bed –    500 litre per bed per day
Without Bed- 2500 litre per day

c. Hotel

With Bed – 200 litre per bed per day
Without Bed – 500-1500 litre per day


d. Industry Demand

It is commonly considered in urban areas. Quality of water required for the various industry is known as industry demand. Normally 20-25% of total demand is taken as industry demand.


e. Demand for public places or Municipal demand

It includes water required for washing and sprinkling on road, cleaning sewers, watering public parks, etc. Normally 5% of total demand is taken as municipal demand for public places.


f. Fire Demand

During the breakout of the fire, water is used for fire fighting is called fire demand. 


g. Losses and Wastes

Water losses and wastes maybe because of the following:

a. Leakage and overflow from services reservoir.

b. Losses due to the defective pipe.

c. Losses that are due to the unauthorized or illegal connection.

d. Losses from the consumer when they keep on taps of public tap stand even when they are not using the water.

e. About 15% of water demand is taken to compensate for losses, theft and waste of water.


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Factors affecting water demand


a. Size of town or city

Water demand increases with increase in the size of town or city.

The extra amount of water is required for streets cleaning, gardening, flushing, etc. This increases the water demand.


b. Living Standard

The consumption of rate of water directly depends upon the economic status of the consumer.

Upper-class(Rich) consumer use more water than the lower class( Poor) consumer.


c. Climatic Condition

Water demand is more in hot weather than in cold.

During hot weather; loss of water from the human body is more in the form like sweat which makes peoples more thirsty and requires more water for balancing the body. So water consumption increases causing an increase in water demand.


d. Industrial And Commercial Activities

Industrial And Commercial Activities increases the rate of water demand.


e. Quality Of Water

As the quality of water increases, the rate of consumption and use of water by the consumer also increases.

Simply, good quality water leads to an increase in demand for water.


f. System Of Water Supply

Water may be supply intermittently (i.e. for a limited time during certain fixed hours of the day) or continuously for all the 24 hours of the day.

The rate of water demand is low in the intermittent system of water supply.


g.  Metering System

Rate of water demand is more in the non metered system than in the metered system.

In the metered system, the bill of the water increases with an increase in water use. This limits the demand for water from increasing.


h. System Of Sanitation

The presence of the sewerage system increases the rate of water demand.

The residents of the town or city will also be required more water for sanitary units such as closets, drainage, etc.


i. Cost Of Water

When the cost of water increases, demand decreases and vice versa.


j. Age Of Community

Water demand is high in newly constructed cities.

More water is required for the construction of infrastructures, plantation, etc.


k. Pressure In Pipeline

The demand for water increases with an increase in pressure in the pipeline.




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