Target 155 to make every drop count

Hey Melbourne, let’s make every drop count​ and reach our target of 155 litres of water per person, per day.

What is Target 155?

Target 155 is a voluntary water efficiency campaign that encourages all Melburnians to keep their water use to 155 litres of water per person, per day. Right now, all it takes to help reach Target 155 is to each save less than a bucket of water a day.

As Melburnians we’re great water savers, using 22 per cent less water than we did 10 years ago. But Victoria’s hotter and drier climate as well as a population that’s predicted to reach 10 million by 2051, means we all need to keep saving water and make every drop count.

Here are South East Water, we’re always looking at how to reduce drinking water use. This includes expanding our recycled water network and connecting more customers than ever before, as well as finding new ways to make water efficient homes like at our Aquarevo estate where homes reduce their reliance on drinking water by up to 70 per cent.

We’re also using desalinated water which has increased our storage levels by 8.2% since 2017, and we work 24/7 to maintain and upgrade the water supply network and repair leaks.

So together, let’s make every drop count. If we each save a little, we all save a lot.

Here’s our 10 top tips to help you save your bucket load…  

...in the shower

Did you know that every minute in the shower uses one bucket of water?

1. Shave your shower time by just 60 seconds (saving seven buckets of water a week)

2. Play your favourite four-minute song – and hop-out when it’s finished

3. Use a four-minute shower timer

4. Swap your shower head for one that’s water efficient (if you haven’t already)

5. Teach your kids, or grandkids, to take shorter showers too. Using water efficiently is the ‘new normal’ for generations to come.

...in the garden

Using common sense with water outside will help keep your buckets full.

6. Water using a hose with a trigger nozzle. Did you know this is one of Melbourne’s Permanent Water Use Rules?

7. Hold off watering if it'​s forecast to rain

8. Water before 10 am or after 6 pm, to keep moisture in the soil

9. Consider watering plants and lawn only every second or third day

10. Mulch your garden to keep moisture in the soil.

Don't forget

There are five Permanent Water Use Rules in place across Melbourne.

Thanks for helping Melbourne make every drop count.

Is your household meeting Target 155?



Number of people in household one person two people one person one person one person
Maximum average household water usage if meeting 155 litres 155 310 465 620 775

Is Melbourne meeting Target 155?


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Melbourne's daily average water use per person last week