consumptive use

Quantity of surface and groundwater absorbed by crops and transpired or used directly in the building of plant tissue, together with that evaporated from the cropped area, expressed in units of volume per unit area. Also includes all activities where the use of water results in a loss of the original water supplied, such as industrial or community consumption.



UNESCO/WMO International Glossary of Hydrology (2nd revised ed., 1992)

Posted on February 8, 2014 .