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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay related to water usage in Australia.

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IELTS Essay Task 1 Water Usage Australia

The charts show the total usage proportions for water in Australia and a breakdown of its residential purposes. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the vast majority of water is dedicated to houses, followed by apartments, industry, businesses and finally other. In terms of the residential use, it is mainly for bathrooms and gardens, with lower numbers for washing clothes, toilets and kitchens.

Looking first of all at the pie chart, houses represent 57% of total water usage, far surpassing apartments at 13%, industry at 11%, business 10%, government 6%, and lastly other (3%).

The bar chart delineates the uses of residential water, including both homes and apartments. Nearly 30% of all water was used for bathrooms, the highest figure, while gardens was slightly lower at 26%. Washing clothes translates to 20% of usage, followed by toilets at 15%, and kitchen use totaling just 10%.

Analysis

1. The charts show the total usage proportions for water in Australia and a breakdown of its residential purposes. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the vast majority of water is dedicated to houses, followed by apartments, industry, businesses and finally other. 3. In terms of the residential use, it is mainly for bathrooms and gardens, with lower numbers for washing clothes, toilets and kitchens.

  1. Paraphrase what the charts show.
  2. Write an overview of the first chart.
  3. And the second one! Read more about overviews here.

1. Looking first of all at the pie chart, houses represent 57% of total water usage, far surpassing apartments at 13%, industry at 11%, business 10%, government 6%, and lastly other (3%).

  1. Describe the data fully.

1. The bar chart delineates the use of residential water, including both homes and apartments. 2. Nearly 30% of all water was used for bathrooms, the highest figure, while gardens was slightly lower at 26%. 3. Washing clothes translates to 20% of usage, followed by toilets at 15%, and kitchen use totaling just 10%.

  1. Move on to the other graph.
  2. Describe the data.
  3. Make sure you don’t miss out on any data.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

The charts show the total usage proportions for water in Australia and a breakdown of its residential purposes. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the vast majority of water is dedicated to houses, followed by apartments, industry, businesses and finally other. In terms of the residential use, it is mainly for bathrooms and gardens, with lower numbers for washing clothes, toilets and kitchens.

Looking first of all at the pie chart, houses represent 57% of total water usage, far surpassing apartments at 13%, industry at 11%, business 10%, government 6%, and lastly other (3%).

The bar chart delineates the uses of residential water, including both homes and apartments. Nearly 30% of all water was used for bathrooms, the highest figure, while gardens was slightly lower at 26%. Washing clothes translates to 20% of usage, followed by toilets at 15%, and kitchen use totaling just 10%.

Answers

total usage proportions complete percentages

breakdown detailed

residential purposes how it is used for homes

looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent in general

vast majority most of

dedicated to used for

followed by then

in terms of as it relates to

mainly mostly

lower numbers not as high

looking first of all at firstly

represent are

far surpassing a lot above

lastly finally

delineates describes

nearly almost

highest figure biggest number

slightly lower a little less

translates means

followed by next

totaling just all together only

Pronunciation

ˈtəʊtl ˈjuːzɪʤ prəˈpɔːʃənz 
ˈbreɪkˌdaʊn 
ˌrɛzɪˈdɛnʃəl ˈpɜːpəsɪz
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt 
vɑːst məˈʤɒrɪti 
ˈdɛdɪkeɪtɪd tuː 
ˈfɒləʊd baɪ 
ɪn tɜːmz ɒv 
ˈmeɪnli 
ˈləʊə ˈnʌmbəz 
ˈlʊkɪŋ fɜːst ɒv ɔːl æt 
ˌrɛprɪˈzɛnt 
fɑː sɜːˈpɑːsɪŋ 
ˈlɑːstli 
dɪˈlɪnɪeɪts 
ˈnɪəli 
ˈhaɪɪst ˈfɪgə
ˈslaɪtli ˈləʊə 
trænsˈleɪts 
ˈfɒləʊd baɪ 
ˈtəʊtlɪŋ ʤʌst 

Vocabulary Practice

The charts show the total usage proportions for water in Australia and a breakdown of its residential purposes. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that the vast majority of water is dedicated to houses, followed by apartments, industry, businesses and finally other. In terms of the residential use, it is mainly for bathrooms and gardens, with lower numbers for washing clothes, toilets and kitchens.

Looking first of all at the pie chart, houses represent 57% of total water usage, far surpassing apartments at 13%, industry at 11%, business 10%, government 6%, and lastly other (3%).

The bar chart delineates the uses of residential water, including both homes and apartments. Nearly 30% of all water was used for bathrooms, the highest figure, while gardens was slightly lower at 26%. Washing clothes translates to 20% of usage, followed by toilets at 15%, and kitchen use totaling just 10%.

Listening Practice

Learn more about water scarcity below and practice with these activities:

Reading Practice

Read about water in Australia and practice with these ideas:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7471497/Australias-water-shame-waste-90-precious-resource-not-recycling-enough.html

Speaking Practice

Practice with the following questions from the real IELTS speaking exam:

Water

  1. Do you drink a lot of water?
  2. Do you prefer bottled or tap water?
  3. Did you drink a lot of water when you were younger?
  4. Would you say that bottled water is expensive in your country?

Writing Practice

Write about the chart below and then check with my sample answer:

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