We’re only two-thirds of a bucket of water away.
As a city, we’re using the same amount of water as we did in 1980 – even though our population has doubled. It just goes to show that Melbourne’s a water wise city.
Let’s stay this way as our population continues to grow and dry conditions impact our water storages.
Target 155 is a voluntary program that encourages every Melburnian to use water efficiently and keep us below 155 litres of water per person, per day.
How are you measuring up?
On average, most of us use 163 litres a day. To find out how you’re going, use this handy water use calculator.
You can calculate this yourself too. Simply divide your household’s average daily water use by the number of people in your household.
Is your household meeting Target 155?
|Number of people in household|
|Daily target (L)||155||310||465||620||775|
Fix a dripping tap
It might be as straightforward as replacing the washer or turning your taps off tightly.
Water your garden early (or late)
Giving plants a drink during cooler hours of the day reduces evaporation, so more water reaches the roots. If it’s forecast to rain, why water at all?
Use half flush (when you can)
Most Melbourne homes now have a dual flush toilet. Do you? Switching is a great way to save.
Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth
That’s two minutes of drinking water saved from the drain every time you brush.
Use the eco settings on your appliances
Use less water just by choosing a different cycle on your washing machine or dishwasher. Look out for the ‘eco’ cycle.
Shave a minute off your shower time
In 2017-18, the average shower time was seven minutes. The impact would be massive if we all turned off the taps just one minute earlier.
Smart water advice
Get more tips from our water efficiency partner, Smart Approved WaterMark, on how to be smarter with water at home, in the garden and at work.