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  • Nick Kemp

Task 1 Report: Regional Water Usage


Question: The chart above show the percentage of water used for different purposes in six areas of the world. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.


Band 8+ Sample Answer:


(Intro & Overview) The six pie charts illustrate how water was used in six different regions. As a whole, agriculture was the most water-intensive sector across the six locations, except for North America and Europe whose industries consumed the most water. Domestic functions accounted for the smallest demand except in South America, Africa and Central Asia where industrial water consumption was less than by households.


(Detail 1) As can be seen from the charts, Central Asia used nearly 90% of their water for agriculture, while Africa and Southeast Asia used 84 and 81% respectively. Meanwhile, 71% of water in South America went on such usage, which is roughly double the numbers of North America and Europe, with 39 and 32%. By contrast, the proportions of water used for household purposes were minimal across the given areas, with South America being the highest, requiring about one fifth of total water usage.


(Detail 2) Considering the industrial use of water, companies in North America and Europe were the biggest consumers, making up 48 and 53% of total use, while the figures for South East Asia and South America were five times lower, constituting merely one tenth. Industrial water demand was lower still in Africa and Central Asia with only 7% and 5% respectively. (204 words).


Words: Nick Kemp, former IELTS examiner.

Image: Cambridge