Everything we all love about Melbourne relies on a healthy, dependable water supply. But as our population grows and our environment changes, water is becoming increasingly scarce. We all have a role to play to make every drop count and save water, even when it's raining and our storages are full. Because the time to secure our water for the future is now.
Melbourne, let's make every drop count
Our water in numbers
Rainfall last month (mm)
438.61% more than January 2023
Melbourne's water storage levels
0.28% more than January 2023
We use more water than we get from rain. But if we each save a little, we all save a lot.
Shave a minute off your shower time
The average shower time is seven minutes, and we need to aim for four. Imagine the impact if we all turned off the tap a couple of minutes earlier.
Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
It's drinking water literally going down the drain, every time you brush.
Use half flush (when you can)
Most homes in Melbourne now have a dual flush toilet. Do you? Switching is a great way to save.
Go easy with the garden hose
Water your plants either early or late in the day when it's cooler. It'll reduce evaporation so more water reaches the roots.
Fix a dripping tap
It might be as straightforward as replacing the washer or turning your taps off tightly.
Use the eco settings on your appliances
Save water simply by choosing the 'eco' setting on your dishwasher or washing machine, and wait until you have a full load to run your machine.
Easy English using water in summer
An Easy English booklet on how to save water, espcially in summer when water use increases.