The Water Footprint of British Milk Production


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The final report ''The volumetric water consumption of British milk production' ' is available for download.

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01 January 2001 - 01 July 2013
AHDB Dairy
Project leader:
Cranfield University

About this project

Project details
The aim of this project was to estimate the volumetric water consumption of British dairy production in relation to its potential environmental impact.


  • A framework for the analysis of water footprint for GB milk, taking account of international developments in water footprinting methodology
  • An estimate of the water required to produce a litre of milk across a range of dairy production systems
  • Consumption by water source (i.e. Blue - piped or extracted; Green - rainwater), and relationships with regional water availability
  • Review of opportunities for water conservation and increasing water use efficiency